19th century boxwood netsuke carved as standing Hotei (one of the 7 Gods of Good Luck, also considered to be the incarnation of Maitreya - the Buddha of the future) carrying a large bag of gifts on his back and with a karako (Chinese boy) sticking out of the bag. Great quality carving - see his face with the a happy smile and delicately incised facial hair, flow of robe lines and nicely done patterns. Beautiful patina and wear, very pleasant feel of age. Height 2 3/8 inches.
Pair of early 19th century Japanese sword menuki each depicting a pair of cranes wading through a stream with water plants. Elegant design, bronze with gilding and silver inlays, overall in great condition. Length 1 3/4 inches.
19th century ichii (yew wood) netsuke of a theatrical mask of an oni - a mischievous demon. Cleverly carved in ittobori (one-cut) style characteristic of Hida school, wonderful depiction of its bushy eyebrows and toothy grin. Wonderful patina and beautiful sheen to the surface. Signed SUKEYOSHI on the back bar - the artist is listed on p. 1051 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick, and was a student of Sukenaga. Height 1 9/16 inches.
Late 18th to early 19th century iron Japanese sword tsuba with design a Japanese court hat with cords (appears to be a variation of kanmuri hat) next to multimetal inlays of a water lily and maple branches with leaves, and a riding crop with tassels on the back. Wonderful quality detailed work - see leaf veining and crop textures. Beautiful patina on the plate, very nice feel of age. Height 2 3/8 inches.
Elegant set of 6 hand-painted Taisho Period c. 1915 porcelain dishes used for side dishes. Each dish has undulating curves and a red motif surounded by green vines on one side and blue cobalt painted deers and flowers on the other side. Perfect for salad dishes or ice cream. Ask for shipping quote. H:about 9cm x W: about 14cm
A japanese bronze tray inlaid with silver, copper and gold coloured metal with a scene of Mt Fuji. It is marked to the base Nogawa.
Dating from the Meiji period, it measures 23.2x17x2.1 cm (max) and weighs 516 gms.
The front has been polished. It is in otherwise good condition.
Late 18th to early 19th century wooden netsuke of seated Hotei (one of the 7 Gods of Good Fortune and incarnation of Maitreya - the Buddha of the future) with wide smile and a fan in his hand. Strong carving with wonderfully captured facial expression, beautiful wear and patina. Height 1 1/8 inches.
Large Japanese Meiji period Imari porcelain deep bowl likely produced for New Year's celebration purposes in the year of the rabbit. A central roundel is bordered in an underglaze blue comb pattern band. It features an overglaze enameled Ship of Good Fortune (takarabune), which is laden with treasures and is known to carry the Seven Gods of Good Luck into port at New Year’s...
19th century long wooden netsuke of nyoi - a Buddhist scepter carved as a length of a reishi fungus with three fungus heads. Did not photograph well. Nyoi, or Ruyi scepter is a traditional symbol of scholarship and transmission of knowledge, and reishi fungus represents the fabled Fungus of Immortality. Carved out of dense beautiful brown rosewood, elegant design in Japanese taste, great depiction of fungus texture, wonderful patina and excellent sheen to the surface from being handled...
19th century netsuke of seated Daikoku (one of the Gods of Good Fortune, that of Wealth) smiling widely, his hands hidden in his sleeves in front of him. The netsuke is essentially a wish for wealth. Very nice detailed carving, wonderful face, beautiful flow to the lines of his robe, pleasant wear and patina. Signed ROSEI on the bottom. Height 1 1/4 inches.
18th century Japanese sword iron tsuba inlaid on the front with gilded copper bunch of flowers and grasses, the back inlaid with a sickle. Elegant piece in Japanese taste, superb quality inlay with finely defined petals, great feel of age. Height 3 1/4 inches.
19th century netsuke carved out of kurumi (natural walnut shell) carved in a shape of a nasu (eggplant). Very clever piece in Japanese taste perfectly capturing shape and textures of the vegetable. Extraordinary deep warm brown patina, old stable split along the seam of the walnut. Signed GADO TADATAKA SAKU (made by Gado Tadataka) on the side - this rare artist is listed on p. 370 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick. Height 1 3/16 inches.
A well carved mingei keyaki (zelkova) wood carp from yokogi (pot adjuster). The scales carved with dimension, rather than simply carved outline, and successfully utilizing the elm grain on one side to conform with the shape of individual scales. Rich patina as expected from hanging above hearth for some time...
19th century Asakusa school staghorn ojime (slide bead for tightening the cord going from netsuke to inro) in pillow shape etched in ink on the front with a stylized water dragon. The back bears etched signature KOKU for Ozaki Kokusai in seal form - the signature appears a bit weak, but I believe it to be original. Clever design, wonderful example of etching technique for which the carver was known. The founder of Asakusa school of netsuke carving is listed on p...
DESCRIPTION: A square porcelain dish by Arita, hand painted in the blue and white “Three Friends of Winter” motif. The “Three Friends of Winter” was a popular Japanese theme where pine, prunus and bamboo are grouped, said to represent perseverance, longevity and vitality, despite adversity. The raised and flared edges have repeating geometric patterns and bamboo plants are found in each corner. The plate rests on a round raised foot with blue designs on the undersides...
18th century Japanese sword iron sukashi tsuba with pierced decoration of two bean pods among leaves and tendrils. Very nice design, overall in great condition. Signed, the left side of the inscription reads MASAMAN SAKU (made by Masaman). Height 2 11/16 inches.
19th century mixed material netsuke in kagamibuta (mirror lid) form. The top is mounted with a bronze or shakudo galloping horse, gilding to the eye and spots on its body, superb crisp work. Beautifully captured sense of motion, great patina, old age lines, swinging metal loop on the back for the cord, compressed dust on the surface. Length 1 3/8 inches.
This is a wonderful Japanese covered tea cup of Kutani Ware. It was made 150 years ago.
It has a vivid and strong granular hand painting called 'ao chibu'.
The cup has painted kanji letters on the inside. No chips, cracks or repairs.
The tea cup will be sold together with its antique wood box.
Size: 3,8'' height x 3,2'' width.