Early 19th century ivory netsuke of seated Hotei with a karako climbing onto his shoulders. Did not photograph well. Hotei is an incarnation of Maitreya - the Buddha of the future - and one of the Seven Gods of Good Fortune, the fat and happy God of abundance and good health. Excellent quality detailed carving, great faces, extraordinary depiction of textile patterns. Superb patina turning honey color on the back, netsuke of characteristic early triangular section. Cleverly designed himotoshi go ...click for details
19th century ivory netsuke of an acorn on a branch with leaves on top of a pile of chestnuts. Superbly executed elegant piece in Japanese taste, great naturalistic carving - see the carved crack in the skin of one chestnut, beautiful surface textures, himotoshi formed by a stem on the bottom. Excellent staining, wonderful mellow patina and beautiful wear consistent with age. Length 1 1/4 inches.
Ivory netsuke of a resting goat - one of the 12 Zodiac animals - with its head turned to the left. Excellent carving with clean lines conveying the essence of the creature’s character, great rendition of animal’s fur, no breaks, chips or repairs. Beautiful patina, eyes are inlaid with dark horn. Signed YUKITOMO on the bottom. Height 1 1/8 inches.
19th century boxwood netsuke of seated Chinese sage Gama Sennin seated wearing his leaf coat, while his constant companion - 3-legged toad - is climbing onto his shoulder. Clever carving done in a interesting version of ittobori (one cut carving), wonderful face, beautifully stained and highlighted with black ink, great wear and patina. Signed GYOKUZAN on the bottom - for information on the artist see NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick, p. 433. Height ...click for details
Three 19th century metal chains used to connect a tobacco pouch to netsuke with fittings depicting ferocious dragons in low relief. Very nice crisp work, beautiful patina, a lot of chain. Fitting length range from 1/2 to 1 inch, chain lengths are about 3 inches.
19th century staghorn/bone netsuke turned in a shape of hollow double gourd, and pierced and carved on the outside with geometric designs. Himotoshi (cord openings) are formed by 2 longer slots in the middle part of the netsuke. Porous centers of stag antler on both ends are plugged as is usual in such pieces, and plugs are carved as part of the netsuke. Simple honest carving, nice patina, overall in very good condition. Height 1 7/8 inches.
19th century agate netsuke simply carved in a shape of a peach. Beautiful stone with delicate white turning peach color, elegant design, wonderful patina, old smoothed chip on the back of the tip of the fruit. Great piece for a collection of netsuke materials. Height 1 15/16 inches.
19th century ivory netsuke of a baby boy standing on his knees wearing an apron on his chest and holding a tub with his hands. Extremely well carved, wonderful face and textile patterns. Excellent level of detail (see his delicately carved limbs), inside of the tub is lacquered black, beautiful patina consistent with age. Signed on the bottom RYOJI followed by kakihan (carved monogram of the artist) - for information on this Tokyo carver from the school of Ono Ryomin see p. 882 of NETSUKE & ...click for details
19th century ivory netsuke representing a female mask carver seated on a brocade pillow and holding a mask of an old woman and a carving knife. Excellent carving - see her face, hair and beautifully incised textile patterns. Wonderful light staining, great warm patina. Signed TOMOAKI in irregular reserve on the bottom - the artist is listed on p. 1148 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick. Height 1 5/16 inches.
19th century wooden netsuke of a millstone dresser working on a millstone. Excellent carving with wonderful lifelike pensive face. beautiful wear and patina. Signed KISUI on the bottom - for information on the artist see NETSUKE & NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick, p. 624. Height 1 7/16 inches.