Late Meiji - early Taisho ivory netsuke of Daikoku seated next to his mallet, and a rat climbing onto his shoulder. Daikoku is one of the 7 Gods of Good Fortune - that of abundance and of rice - and the rats are associated with him - where there is a lot of rice, there are rats. Very nicely carved, great miling face, black in highlights, beautifully depicted textile patterns, pleasant patina. Signed GYOKUZAN on the bottom - for information on the artist see NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO R ...click for details
19th century ivory netsuke depicting a seated actor wearing a theatrical mask of Hyottoko (perplexed peasant) with his hand raised to the face in a gesture of distress. Wonderful quality carving, great face, excellent depiction of his long hair. Beautiful patina. Height 1 5/16 inches.
19th century small lacquered ivory netsuke of a shojo with fan in his hand. Shojo are mythical creatures living near the sea, and are particularly fond of sake. Excellent carving of the facial expression with a slight smile, superb rendition of its rich robe, characteristic red lacquer hair, overall in excellent condition, really nice feel of age to the piece. Signed CHOKUSAI on the back - for information on this fine artist see NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by Geo ...click for details
19th century ivory netsuke of reclining Daruma (founder of Zen Buddhism) enveloped in his monastic robe and cape, supporting his head with one hand, and holding a hossu (fly whisk) in the other. Superbly carved, wonderful and unusually relaxed face (as opposed to his conventional expression of severe concentration), excellent depiction of the flow of his robe. Beautiful wear, excellent patina consistent with age. Signed SEISHO on the bottom, wonderful work by the master carver. Length 2 inches.
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Late 18th to early 19th century ivory netsuke of a standing karako (Chinese boy) leaning on a large cloth bag - probably that of Hotei. Excellent early carving, well captured facial expression, beautiful wear and patina consistent with age. Wonderfully etched textile patterns, hair knot is inlaid with black horn. Length 1 1/4 inches.
19th century wooden netsuke depicting standing Hotei (one of the 7 Gods of Good Luck, also considered to be the incarnation of Maitreya - the Buddha of the future) with a peach in one hand, and the other hand resting on his voluminous belly. Very good quality carving - see his face with a slight smile, and wonderful flow of his long robe. Beautiful patina and wear, very pleasant feel of age. Signed SHIGEKAZU on the back - the artist is listed on p. 946 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO RE ...click for details
19th century manju shape horn netsuke of Tametomo, a member of Minamoto clam exiled to the Oshima island, standing in full armor with his long bow, a small islander next to him. The back shows a ship sent to recapture Tametomo sinking after being hit by a single arrow from his bow. Beautiful sharp carving - see the textures of his armor, islander’s clothing and ship detailing. Very pleasant feel of age to the piece, no traces of insect bites usual for horn pieces, wonderful patina. Very good stu ...click for details
Late 19th century Japanese ivory netsuke or small okimono carved as three monkeys helping each other to perform “speak, hear and see no evil” routine. Wonderful faces and hairwork, nice depiction of limbs, light staining, pleasant patina. Length 2 5/8 inches.
Rather unusual 19th century ceramic netsuke of a peasant sitting next to a a rice straw sheaf, wearing a straw raincoat and holding a hat in his hands. Very nice modeling, wonderful smiling face, beautiful red glaze, pleasant patina. Marked on the back with potter’s seal reading KAIRAKU. Length 2 3/8 inches.
19th century Asakusa school staghorn netsuke of obihasami type carved with a design of a woven fence. The hooks at the top and bottom of the piece go around the edges of obi - a sash holding a kimono. Excellent clever and subtle piece typical of Asakusa school, warm patina, darker porous areas as is usual with staghorn. Wonderful representative piece for a collection of different netsuke types. Length 4 1/8 inches.