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Wood Netsuke of a Chestnut
Wood Netsuke of a Chestnut
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A finely sculpted stained boxwood netsuke formed as a life-sized chestnut. Gently delineated grooves on the rich surface add to the naturalism of this netsuke, a great study by the netsuke artist Bokuzan, his signature plaque on its side. This wonderful netsuke is in excellent condition. Length: 1.5”, width: 1.5” 19th Century, Japan
Wood Netsuke of a Wolf and Tortoise
Wood Netsuke of a Wolf and Tortoise
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A dramatically carved stained boxwood netsuke of an emaciated wolf holding a tortoise between its paws. With a ferocious expression and inlaid eyes, the wolf sits on its hind legs with tail tucked between its legs. Masatomo incised signature on the tail. (The Ise-born artist was known for carving netsuke of hermits, figures, animals and insects.) This netsuke is in excellent condition. Length: 2.5”, height: 1.5” Edo Period, Japan
A Wood Netsuke of Masks
A Wood Netsuke of Masks
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A fine stained boxwood netsuke formed as a cluster of theatrical masks, including Okame, Okina, Hyottoko, Tengu and Oni. This manju-style netsuke is attached to a metal chain for the accompanying tobacco pouch, each mask sculpt with finely incised details enhancing each facial feature. This netsuke is in very good condition. Diameter: 1.5” 19th Century, Japan
Wood Netsuke of a Rabbit with Inlaid Amber Eyes
Wood Netsuke of a Rabbit with Inlaid Amber Eyes
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An exceptional stained boxwood netsuke of a seated hare, one leg beneath him. The body is finely modeled and accented with piebald patches in sumi-e, and the fur realistically rendered, eyes inlaid with amber. The overall effect is both natural and different from other netsuke of seated hares. The noted Masakatsu signature can be found on hind leg. ( Masakatsu, a Yamada school artist and according to Reikichi, his “work was fine and beautiful.”) This charming netsuke is in excellent condition. ... Click for details
Wood Netsuke of a Koken Pup
Wood Netsuke of a Koken Pup
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An impressively carved stained boxwood netsuke of a koken pup (European hound) playing with an awabi (abalone) shell. During Edo Period Japan awabi shells attached to ropes were often given as toys to dogs. Here, the 18th century Kyoto School artist, Yoshinaga, pays close attention to the anatomy of the pup—the clawed paws holding the shell, teeth biting on the rope, characteristic curled tail and spiny back. All of these details are rendered with delicacy and skill, the incised signature on th... Click for details
Wood Netsuke of a Wasp and Pear
Wood Netsuke of a Wasp and Pear
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A whimsical wooden netsuke rendered as a wasp feeding on an ingeniously-sculpted rotting pear, its skin defined by ukibori stippling. The creature, naturalistically carved, possesses incised details and jet-inlaid eyes, the signature of the known Nagoya School maker, Sangetsu, incised on its base.( For a similar piece see: Lazarnick, MCI, page 691.) This intriguing netsuke is in excellent condition. 19th Century, Japan
Imari Porcelain Vase with Koi and Sakura Trees
Imari Porcelain Vase with Koi and Sakura Trees
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A stately Imari porcelain vase of baluster form with sculpted gilt handles. Gilt and iron red lappets with floral details along the neck and foot frame a continuous scene: fish swimming in a shallow river surrounded by a misty landscape with sakura trees, tall irises and grasses along the river bank. This poetic imagery rendered in pastel hues of pinks, purples, grays and blues is characteristic of the works of the renowned Fukagawa studio, blue Koransha mark on base. This beautiful Imari vase i... Click for details
Lacquered Inro with Prince Naihira and His Courtier
Lacquered Inro with Prince Naihira and His Courtier
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A four-case gold-lacquered inro depicting the great Heian Period poet, Prince Narihira, and his courtier on horseback. On the reverse, a horseman and attendant race over mountains and streams to overtake them. Detailing in takamaki-e, togidashi and kirikane on polished kinji ground. Manju netsuke with scattered rice design on roiro ground. Signed on base in gold lacquer, Kajikawa Bunryusai saku. The lacquer is in very good condition, except for a small chip on the manju netsuke, owing to its age... Click for details
Wood Netsuke of Two Wrestling Monkeys
Wood Netsuke of Two Wrestling Monkeys
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Almost abstract in form, this stained boxwood netsuke depicts two wrestling monkeys balanced upon a plinth. These creatures, beloved subjects in Japan, are often portrayed enjoying humanistic activities. In this lovely piece, the artist perfectly captivates the spirit of this sport so venerated in Japan. (During the Tokugawa period, professional wrestling -sumo - became very popular. Coupled with Hokusai’s print series on wrestlers, the sport provided infinite inspiration to netsuke artists, ma... Click for details
Wood Okimono of a Sage and Karako
Wood Okimono of a Sage and Karako
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A heartwarming okimono carved of stained boxwood. Rendered in energetic strokes, the sculpture depicts a karako (Chinese boy) assisting a sage as he struggles for balance with the aid of his walking staff. The wise man wraps his arms around the attentive young boy, the imagery highlighting the honored Asian tradition of filial piety. Incised signature of Hatitsu on the base. This boxwood okimono is in very good condition. Height: 4.25” Meiji Period, Japan
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