Whale Tooth Netsuke of a Kingfisher Sold
Mid 19th century
Signed Kaigyoku Masatsugu (Kaigyokusai Masatsugu, 1813-92)
An ivory netsuke of a monkey on a fugu. 19th century. A monkey in a sleeveless jacket riding a blowfish (fugu), the fish’s tail held to the side. Pupils of black glass. Inscribed Masanao.
Japan Frogs in Clamshell, late 19th century Netsuke, Ivory with sumi
‘Dancing Fox’ netsuke. 18th century, Japan. Ivory with dark staining and sumi ink. LACMA (Raymond and Frances Bushell Collection)
This carved and stained netsuke is in the form of the Chinese general, Gentoku, riding across a river on a horse. By Rakueisai, ca. 1850-1900
Unusual antique lacquered walnut netsuke; polished form with design of a spider and flies, signed Jo-O or Tsune-O, with Kakihan (section of spider lacquer missing), late 19th Century
A wooden tobacco pouch, Meiji period (1868-1912). Japan. Inlaid with insects and mixed materials, with netsuke and ojime. 8 cm x 8.2 cm.
Blowfish, 18th century, Japan. Artist Masaboa. Netsuke with staining, sumi and inlays. LACMA
Skeletons often appear in netsuke. They are sometimes in quite comic poses. This tiny wooden netsuke is in the form of two seated skeletons. The one behind has his hands on the other’s shoulders. The meaning of the imagery is uncertain. The netsuke was made in Japan. Netsuke are toggle-like ornaments. They hang objects such as medicine boxes or tobacco pouches from the sash of a kimono – a traditional form of Japanese dress. Netsuke carving is a form of miniature sculpture which developed in Japan over several hundred years. They were often beautifully decorated with elaborate carving, lacquer work, or inlays and were usually made from wood, ivory or porcelain.
This carved and stained ivory netsuke is in the form of an octopus caught in an octopus trap.
Signed Ohara Mitsuhiro and Kaigyokusai Masatsugu
Edo Period, ca. 1825-1875, Japan
Height 2,9 cm.
Yasumichi, Servant and Young Mistress netsuke, early 20th century (via).
mid- to late 19th century,
Ivory with staining, sumi; ryusa type,
13/16 x 1 1/8 in. (2.0 x 2.8 cm)
Raymond and Frances Bushell Collection (AC1998.249.301a-b) Japanese Art Department.