Netsuke

Netsuke are miniature sculptures that served a functional purpose. Traditional Japanese garments had no pockets, but people still needed to carry their personal belongings such as pipes, tobacco, money, seals, and medicines. The Netsuke, along with a cord that was attached through a hole in the figure, served as a toggle to release the pouch or container that personal effects were held in. Netsuke allowed the user to express their individuality, fashion sense, and even their affluence. 

Ranichi (蘭一) (Early 19th Century)

Ranichi was from Kyoto and a pupil of Rantei (蘭亭).

Title: Sake Barrel Maker
Signed: Ranichi
Date: Early 19th Century
Material: Ivory

Price Upon Request

Komitsu Netsuke

Image Size: 2.5″ x 5.625″ (top)
Image Size: 2.5″ x 5.75″ (bottom)
Paper Size: 12.75″ x 9.5″
Signed: M in oval monogram stamp
Edition: 7/10 (VII/X)
Date: Circa 1940
E3030811

Price: $1800

 

Masanao Ise

Title: Shimeji Mushroom
Signed: Masanao
Material: Boxwood
Size: 1.25″ x 1″ x 1″

Price: $3500

Tomochika III (友親) 

Tomochika III is also known as Chikuyosai (竹陽斎).

Title: Kwanyu and Komei
Signed: Tomochika
Date: 19th Century
Size: 2″ tall
Material: Ivory
Condition: One foot nicely repaired
Description: The Chinese general holding his beard in one hand and halberd in the other, his companion armed with a large sword.

Price Upon Request

Tomokazu Kano (加納友一)

Tomokazu was from Gifu, Japan. He worked in wood. He is best known for netsuke of monkeys, tortoises and rats.

Title: Sanctimonious Badger Masquerading as a Priest
Signed: Tomokazu
Material: Wood
Size: 1.2″ x 1.2″ x 1.2″

Price: $2200

Toshikazu (利一)

Title: Tobacco Merchant
Material: Ivory
Size: 2.2″ tall

Price: $2200

Unsigned Netsuke

Not all Netsuke are signed, only about half of them are. Generally speaking, signed Netsuke are not superior in quality to those that are unsigned. At first Netsuke were purely functional and were produced by artists who, traditionally, did not sign their work. As the style spread of wearing more and more attractive Netsuke, carvers began signing their work.

Title: Abalone Netsuke
Signed: unsigned
Size: 1.25″ x 1.75″ x .6″
Material: Wood

Price: $1600

Unsigned Netsuke – Amethyst and Gold

Not all Netsuke are signed, only about half of them are. Generally speaking, signed Netsuke are not superior in quality to those that are unsigned. At first Netsuke were purely functional and were produced by artists who, traditionally, did not sign their work. As the style spread of wearing more and more attractive Netsuke, carvers began signing their work.

Title: Amethyst and Gold
Signed: unsigned
Size: 1.25″ x 1.25″ x .75″
Material: Amethyst and Gold

Price: $2500

Unsigned Netsuke – Kabuto Netsuke

Not all Netsuke are signed, only about half of them are. Generally speaking, signed Netsuke are not superior in quality to those that are unsigned. At first Netsuke were purely functional and were produced by artists who, traditionally, did not sign their work. As the style spread of wearing more and more attractive Netsuke, carvers began signing their work.

Title: Kabuto Netsuke
Signed: unsigned
Size: 1.25″ x 1.75″ x .6″
Material: Bronze

Price: $2000

Unsigned Netsuke – Pilgrim Netsuke

Not all Netsuke are signed, only about half of them are. Generally speaking, signed Netsuke are not superior in quality to those that are unsigned. At first Netsuke were purely functional and were produced by artists who, traditionally, did not sign their work. As the style spread of wearing more and more attractive Netsuke, carvers began signing their work.

Title: Pilgrim Netsuke
Signed: unsigned
Size: 3″ x .75″
Material: Wood

Price: $900

Unsigned Netsuke – Gourd

Not all Netsuke are signed, only about half of them are. Generally speaking, signed Netsuke are not superior in quality to those that are unsigned. At first Netsuke were purely functional and were produced by artists who, traditionally, did not sign their work. As the style spread of wearing more and more attractive Netsuke, carvers began signing their work.

Title: Gourd
Signed: unsigned
Material: Boxwood

Price: $1250

Unsigned Netsuke – Netsuke of Masks

Not all Netsuke are signed, only about half of them are. Generally speaking, signed Netsuke are not superior in quality to those that are unsigned. At first Netsuke were purely functional and were produced by artists who, traditionally, did not sign their work. As the style spread of wearing more and more attractive Netsuke, carvers began signing their work.

Title: Netsuke of Masks
Signed: unsigned
Size: 1.75″ x 1.75″ x .6″
Material: Wood

Price: $900

Netsuke by unknown Artists

The following Netsuke are signed, but the artist is unidentified.

Title: Oni Being Pelted with Beans
Signed: Yes
Size: 1.2″ tall
Material: Wood, three beans made of ivory.

Price: $1800