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Champlevé and Wood Kagamibuta Netsuke
Champlevé and Wood Kagamibuta Netsuke
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An elegantly assembled kagamibuta of lacquered rosewood, its champlevé cover designed with peonies and leafy scrollwork with pink and green enamels. The kagamibuta hangs from a black silk, braided tassel. Good example of the early cloisonné technique on netsuke. Overall condition is very good with minor loss to the enamel commensurate with age and use. 18th/19th Century, Edo Period, Japan
Wood Netsuke of Bidori, The Tongue-cut Sparrow
Wood Netsuke of Bidori, The Tongue-cut Sparrow
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An amusing and wonderfully modeled netsuke of Bidori, the plump chidori of the famous tale, “The Tongue-cut Sparrow” (fukura suzume). Carved in-the round with upset expression and eyes inlaid, his compact body is elegantly shaped with finely-textured feathers. Incised signature on nether side of Nobufusa. This whimsical wooden netsuke is in excellent condition. Width: 1.5” 19th Century, Japan
Tokyo School Netsuke of a Sennin
Tokyo School Netsuke of a Sennin
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A Kyoto School ivory netsuke carved as a Sennin, his head turned to the side and clutching the ribbons to the hat he holds upon his back. Some minor old hair lines commensurate with age. Otherwise, very good condition and nice patina, no repairs. Height: 3” 18th Century, Japan
Sashi Netsuke of a Chinese Man with Sword
Sashi Netsuke of a Chinese Man with Sword
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A powerfully carved ivory sashi netsuke of a Chinese man who, perhaps feeling threatened, holds his sword close to his chest. Extensive carved details highlighted by sumi-e, gives the Chinese warrior an aura of intensity - his eyes deep set and beard, wind- swept. The figure’s robes are adorned with the fungus of immortality. This netsuke is in very good condition with natural wear and good patina. Height: 4.25” 18th Century, Japan
Wood Netsuke of a Rat upon a Gourd
Wood Netsuke of a Rat upon a Gourd
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An elegant, darkly-patinated wood netsuke carved as a rat upon a gourd. The creature ventures along the narrow waist of the gourd for one purpose: to capture the ivory worm peeking through an opening. The gourd’s smooth surface provides contrast to the intricately incised body of the rodent. This fine netsuke has natural himotoshi and is in very good condition with only minor wear at its bottom. Length: 2” 19th Century, Japan
Netsuke Carved as a Mask Group
Netsuke Carved as a Mask Group
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An ivory netsuke carved as a mask group, each one with vivid expression and chiseled with sumi-e details. Among the group, many are noted subjects found in Japanese lore and the Noh Theater, an ancient and venerated art form. This netsuke is in excellent condition with neither damage nor restoration. Length: 1.75” 19th Century, Japan
Ivory Netsuke of a Diving Girl with Fish
Ivory Netsuke of a Diving Girl with Fish
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A whimsical ivory netsuke carved as a diving girl with long, flowing hair and skirt clinging to her nude body. She proudly holds her precious trophy, a desiccated fish with inlaid eyes intricately carved with sumi-e and detailed stippling throughout to denote its shriveled body. Signature plaque on reverse side. Good natural wear, patina and condition. Provenance: Los Angeles County Museum (U.S.A.). 19th Century, Japan
Wood Netsuke of a Young Horse and Parent
Wood Netsuke of a Young Horse and Parent
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A stained-wood netsuke beautifully carved to denote the tender relationship between a yearling and its parent. The young horse struggles to mount the back of the recumbent parent, who turns to gaze at it lovingly. This netsuke’s fine incised work for the hair and deep undercutting for the mane and tails immediately define the style and modeling as the work of the well-known netsuke carver, Kokei. It has an old hair line running down the back of the parent, as expected, because of handling and ... Click for details
Ivory Netsuke of a Horse
Ivory Netsuke of a Horse
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In celebration of this year’s Lunar New Year, we present a finely-carved antique ivory netsuke of a grazing horse, feet together, the naturalistic detailing in sumi-e. As expected in a piece over a century old, the ivory is slightly worn with a few old hairlines, the patina aesthetically pleasing. The himotoshi are positioned on the reverse side, above the tail. (The horse with feet together is associated with fertility.) 19th Century, Japan
Japanese Netsuke of a Priest with Drum
Japanese Netsuke of a Priest with Drum
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A fine ivory netsuke carved as a priest struggling to lift a massive drum. His facial expression, the look in his jet-inlaid eyes and body position all point to eventual success. He is determined to lift the mokugyo! In addition, extensive sumi-e ink patterning on his robes and body showcase the artist’s attention to detail. Incised Gaho signature on nether side. This charming netsuke is in excellent condition with no problems. 19th Century, Japan
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