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Ivory Baby Mermaid in Shell

Catalogue: Popular Collectibles: Cultural: Japanese: Netsuke: Pre 2000   item# 1211728 (stock# ivorymerm)

Ivory Baby Mermaid in Shell
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Terrill C. Smith
510-531-6812


$410.00 

A most charming and well carved piece of Mammoth Ivory. You see a baby mermaid with flowers in a shell. The colors have been stained over the ivory. It is all ivory and signed. A lovely novelty made in the style of a Japanese Netsuke, but this piece is from China and at least a decade old. The shell is about 1 3/4" wide. It is signed.


Mammoth Ivory Netsuke Shrimp Fine Carving

Catalogue: Popular Collectibles: Cultural: Japanese: Netsuke: Pre 2000   item# 1129092 (stock# lobster.)

Mammoth Ivory Netsuke Shrimp Fine Carving
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Terrill C. Smith
510-531-6812


$390.00 

Mammoth tusk ivory, extinct not endangered. This shrimp netsuke was carved in China by a master, design is based on an antique Japanese netsuke. Same fine quality, only this one is much less expensive. From all angles you can see the quality of this piece. It is a good cut of mammoth tusk. It is a wonderful piece. It is 2" long, the right size and form of a classic netsuke.


Rat Pack well carved Fruitwood Netsuke

Catalogue: Popular Collectibles: Cultural: Japanese: Netsuke: Contemporary   item# 1093556 (stock# rpn)

Rat Pack well carved Fruitwood Netsuke
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Terrill C. Smith
510-531-6812


$60.00 

I buy my Netsukes and wood carvings from the very best carvers in China. The economy there is changing, cheap labor is gone. Skilled craftsmen are old and no new ones will replace them. This piece is a superior carving, fine details, glass inset eyes. A mama rat and four babies cluster in this charming larger netsuke style fruitwood carving. It is about 1 3/4" tall. One piece of a very hard wood to carve. Carved in China in the Japanese style.


Mouse rides an Elephant Fruitwood Netsuke

Catalogue: Popular Collectibles: Cultural: Japanese: Netsuke: Pre 2000   item# 1033881 (stock# moe)

Mouse rides an Elephant Fruitwood Netsuke
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Terrill C. Smith
510-531-6812


$52.00 

Perhaps a play on the tale of the mouse and the elephant or a very large mouse and small elephant, or just a charming carving. I pick the best of hundreds of well hand carved netsukes that are Chinese reproductions of Japanese originals. Mine cost more than the cheaper ones you now see online, but my quality is much better than those carved today by younger unskilled carvers. This piece is about 1 3/4" tall and 2" wide. A real charmer.


Intricate Li Dragon Fruit wood netsuke

Catalogue: Popular Collectibles: Cultural: Japanese: Netsuke: Pre 2000   item# 1033878 (stock# ld)

Intricate Li Dragon Fruit wood netsuke
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Terrill C. Smith
510-531-6812


$96.00 

I work with the importer and I am allowed to hand pick from his many carvings. He knows all of his Chinese carvers and told me that this very intricate Li Dragon took one of his oldest and best carvers several days to carve from a solid block of hard fruitwood. This beautiful piece is 1 3/4" tall and 2 1/2" long. I list it with Netsukes, but it is a bit delicate to really function as a Netsuke, it is just an outstanding miniature carving. A very unique piece of art.


Boxwood Fisherman with large fish Netsuke

Catalogue: Popular Collectibles: Cultural: Japanese: Netsuke: Pre 2000   item# 1033862 (stock# fisherman)

Boxwood Fisherman with large fish Netsuke
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Terrill C. Smith
510-531-6812


$88.00 

I was able to handpick from hundeds of Chinese reproductions of Japanese Netsukes when they first entered the export market. I paid more and picked the best quality. You see cheaper netsuke reproductions online today, but they are nowhere near the quality of the ones I sell. Mine are more expensive but you get a real work of art. This carving is a reproduction of a traditional Japanese antique netsuke. It is the correct shape and size. Details on this boxwood carving are outstanding. It has a bo ...click for details


Mice steal grain bag, boxwood netsuke

Catalogue: Popular Collectibles: Cultural: Japanese: Netsuke: Pre 2000   item# 1032898 (stock# msg)

Mice steal grain bag, boxwood netsuke
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Terrill C. Smith
510-531-6812


$48.00 

Very cute, very well carved by hand. A Chinese reproduction of an antique Japanese netsuke, at a much lower cost. You see two mice stealing a big bag of grain. This netsuke is 2 1/2" long and has a bone inset with carvers name on the bottom. A nice older piece, better carving than new ones now online that are cheaper, but you do not get the quality that I sell.


Foo Dog on a ball Fruitwood netsuke

Catalogue: Popular Collectibles: Cultural: Japanese: Netsuke: Pre 2000   item# 1032897 (stock# lob)

Foo Dog on a ball Fruitwood netsuke
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Terrill C. Smith
510-531-6812


$54.00 

I was able to handpick the best quality from a large selection of Chinese reproductions of Japanese netsukes. The cheaper newer offerings online today are not the quality that I have and sell. Here is a foo dog on a ball. Chinese loved lions, but had none centuries ago, so they bred dogs to look like lions, hence the lion dog-foo dog. This charmer is 1 3/4" tall, a copy of a Japanese antique. Same look, much less in cost. Inset eyes, signed on bottom.


Two mice in a pumpkin rosewood netsuke

Catalogue: Popular Collectibles: Cultural: Japanese: Netsuke: Pre 2000   item# 1032894 (stock# minp)

Two mice in a pumpkin rosewood netsuke
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Terrill C. Smith
510-531-6812


$58.00 

The Chinese started handcarving reproductions of expensive antique Japanese netsukes a few decades ago. I was able to hand pick from these early carvings the best. This beautiful netsuke is rose wood, it is quite dark so I lightened my images to show details. It is almost black in color and a very hard wood that is very difficult to carve with the wonderful details seen with this one. It has a bone inset with artist signature. It is 1 1/2" tall and well rounded as where the originals so the ...click for details


Two turtles, handcarved hardwood netsuke

Catalogue: Popular Collectibles: Cultural: Japanese: Netsuke: Pre 2000   item# 1032892 (stock# ttn)

Two turtles, handcarved hardwood netsuke
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Terrill C. Smith
510-531-6812


$61.00 

A number of years ago, when the Chinese first started hand carving reproductions of Japanese netsukes, I was able to hand pick the best of hundreds. The two turtles netske you see here is top quality carving with outstanding details. There are cheap ones now carved and offered online, but not this quality. This intricate netsuke is 1 3/8" tall and 1 7/8" long, the perfect size seen in the original Japanese carvings that are much more expensive, and do not look different than these fine ...click for details

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