Pair of early 19th century menuki - Japanese sword fittings - each depicting a wasp in different attitude on a tube containing their eggs. Shakudo with gilding, fantastic design, superb casting and detailing, beautiful patina. Length 1 7/16 inches.
Pair of early 19th century Japanese sword menuki depicting two dancers - a samurai with sword, and a merchant with fan. There is a nice detail for a netsuke lover - merchant is wearing an inro suspended by a gourd netsuke. Elegant design, superb detailing with gilding, in excellent condition. Fantastic example of Japanese metalwork. Height 1 1/8 inches.
Pair of solid silver 19th century menuki - Japanese sword fitting - depicting two shishi playing among waves. Did not photograph well. Superb design, fantastic detailing, excellent gilding, in great condition. Length 1 1/8 inches.
Early 19th century Japanese kashira (metal pommel at the end of the hilt of a sword) with multimetal inlays depicting various flowers among golden foliage. Elegant design in Japanese taste, superbly made piece with crisp metalwork and gilding, in excellent condition. Length 1 7/16 inches.
Pair of 19th century Japanese sword menuki depicting millet stalks. Pleasant design, bronze with light brown patina, overall in good condition, some rubbing as to be expected on old pieces. Length 1 9/16 inches.
19th century Japanese ojime (slide bead for tightening the cord going from netsuke to inro) in a form of a natural fruit pit skillfully carved with 2 scenes of scholars engaged in discussions, all among swirling clouds. Excellent carving in deep relief with precise undercutting and complete piercing of the body of the pit. Very nice mellow brown patina, overall in excellent condition. Height 1/2 inches.
Early 19th century Japanese porcelain Imari sculpture of a resting neatly curled cat with unusually rich decoration of a vase among scrolling flowers. Superb use of Imari decoration scheme and palette, wonderful dreamy expression on its face. Great early piece, wear to enamels as to be expected, overall in excellent condition. Marked with red enamel on the bottom: the single character is GUN (meaning a group, usually referring to animals), and four other characters literally translate as ďA Coll ...click for details
Rather unusual 19th century Japanese bronze box for use in the incense game, when the player was blindfolded and given an incense to identify. Three cutouts on the top are made in a shape of paulownia crest used bu the Tokugawa Shogun family. The paulownia crest was Imperial and represented the Emperor, but it could be bestowed on someone whose service to the throne was most important. Shoguns Oda Nobunaga and Toyotomi Hideyoshi were using it before Tokugawa. Beautifully shaped sides both of the ...click for details
1930s Japanese formal short silk kimono (haori) with designs showing numerous fans with designs of pine, bamboo and various seals. Excellent quality wax resist work with minute details. The decorated side bearing those designs is actually the lining of the kimono, while the outside is brown silk (see Enlargement 4). This arrangement is the remnant of the Edo period, when the laws against luxury did not allow wealthy merchants to wear sumptuous silks, so they were used on the lining of the garmen ...click for details