18th century ivory netsuke of a tiger crouching inside a section of bamboo stem. Very strong early carving, clever composition, great face, powerful paws. The eyes are inlaid with dark horn, old age lines, beautiful wear and patina. Length 2 1/16 inches.
Ivory netsuke of a Buddhist nun seated in front of a gong, a striker in one hand and a rosary in the other, a boy attendant next to her about to pour tea from a kettle into a cup. There is a feature unusual for high quality netsuke - the nun is actually a fox and has a revolving face, with one side showing a fox with vicious expression, and the other a tranquil female one. Foxes in Japanese folklore are generally regarded as unfriendly creatures capable of turning into women and playing cruel tr ...click for details
Sotheby's sale catalog THE BETTY JAHSS COLLECTION OF NETSUKE Part II (FINAL), that took place in London on November 14, 1991. Hardcover, 147 lots illustrated, index of artists, prices realized included. Excellent reference book.
19th century ivory netsuke of a monkey family (parents and 2 young) climbing among rocks and gnarled trees over swirling waves. Very nice mood to the scene, beautifully carved creatures - see their inquisitive faces and fine hairwork, eyes inlaid with black horn. Wonderful carving of bark and rock textures, expert staining, great wear and patina, himotoshi is formed by a tree trunk on the back. Height 1 3/4 inches
Unusual 19th century ivory netsuke of an assembly of tea ceremony objects. Items include a tea bowl (chawan), a water ladle (hishaku), fresh water jar (mizuzashi), a charcoal basket (sumitori), feather brush for ashes (haboki), a stove (furo) with kettle holder (gotoku) and a kettle (kama). Superb design in Japanese taste, excellent carving of shapes and textures. Beautiful wear and patina, himotoshi formed by a natural opening in the carving. Signed TOMOTADA on the bottom - the artist is Eiraku ...click for details
19th century ivory netsuke of a geisha entertaining a client - Oni no nembutsu (a demon who saw the light of Buddhist teachings and became pious) with a gong hanging on his belly, a stack of papers inscribed HOGA-CHO (a subscription list) and folded umbrella on his back, and with its hand on a shoulder of the geisha. Geisha is holding a double gourd used for carrying sake, while oni is lifting a tiny sake cup. Excellent quality humorous carving with beautifully etched textile patterns, minute de ...click for details
Early 19th century ivory netsuke of a dog with 2 puppies playing about her. Superb quality carving to the last detail, well captured mood of the scene. Very clever show of different finishing techniques: one puppy is unstained, the other is piebald, and the mother is stained slight brown. Excellent etching and staining, very beautiful wear consistent with age. Signed TOMOCHIKA in leaf shaped reserve on the bottom - the artist is definitely Tomochika the First as discussed on p. 1148 of NETSUKE & ...click for details
Boxwood netsuke of a toad sitting on a discarded zori (straw sandal). Excellent rendition of the skin, paws and texture of woven sandal, great facial expression. Convex eyes of the toad are inlaid with dark horn, the looped thong of the sandal forms the himotoshi (cord opening). Beautiful staining, wear and patina. Signed SHINZAN for Shinzan Masanao (born in 1904) on the bottom - for discussion of the last of Masanao of Ise carvers see p. 725 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR S ...click for details