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1. An antique Japanese ivory portrait sculpture of a grandfather figure resting on his walking stick holding scissors and a freshly cut kiku blossom that he will bring to create an ‘Ikebana’ flower arrangement for the household. Japanese culture reveres the elderly as the head of the household and a source of great wisdom. This work of art is carved with exceptional sensitivity and reverence and conveys a highly realist presence, likely inspired by a family member of the artist. Tokyo School. Signed Yoshi Aki. Circa 1900.

Measuring 8 ¼” high.

 

         
         
 
 

2. An exquisite antique Japanese ivory and silver covered box. The ivory is sculpted in a deeply carved relief depicting a continuous scene in the round, of the joys of cherry blossom viewing, when families gather outdoors for the traditional festivities of the season. Beneath the blossoming branches we see the shamisen being played while a woman performs a fan dance and their companion raises his saké cup and sings. We see a woman steadied by her friend balancing on the back of a gentleman, to assist her in tying an 'omikuji' to a low lying branch, while a samurai with open fan looks on. Lanterns hang in an open air pavilion and bento boxes, a saké gourd and tokuri all benefit the telling of the story. The lid of the box is double lined and executed in the very finest of hand chased silver repoussé with a kiku blossom knop. Meiji Period, late 1800's.

Measuring 6 ¼" high by 4" wide by 3 ½" deep.

 
         
         
 
 

3. An engaging and finely detailed ivory okimono of Ebisu, the Shinto God of the Sea and symbol of prosperity, as he offers the 'Tai' fish for health, happiness, and prosperity. Tokyo School. Signed: Toshimuné.

Measuring 3" in length.

 
         
         
 
 

4. An antique Japanese ivory okimono of a most unusual subject where an artist was creating an ink painting of 'Kinko and the Koi' when the scroll flew up and the ancient sage and his steed miraculously emerged from the paper. The artist appears 'God Smacked', to best express his surprise, a whole new meaning to the notion of bringing a work of art to life. Circa 1890.

Measuring 6 ½" high.

 
         
         
 
 

5. An antique Japanese ivory okimono of a lion standing on a rocky outcropping with one paw raised encouraging two young cubs to clamber to the top. This subject in Japanese art is traditionally enacted by mythological 'shishi' or temple lions and symbolize the courage to which the young cubs must aspire. In this instance the artist is inspired by having actually seen real lions, a species only imagined in earlier times. Signed Hidémitsu. Circa 1900.

Measuring 4 ½" high.

 
         
         
 
 

6. ‘Sambiki Saru ’

A brilliantly carved antique Japanese Okimono depicting the classical study of the three monkeys ‘Sambiki Saru’ - hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil - here expressed in a most creative composition that requires a familiarity with the symbolism, to realize the artist’s intent. Delightful from every angle, the triad is also arranged to hold a rock crystal sphere, perhaps a further reference to the crystal clarity of the Buddhist philosophy of ‘no harm’. Each simian beast is skillfully carved with razor fine hair work, expressive faces and a marvelous lifelike interactive tension exhibited in their circular play. A work of art this unique, is likely a specific patron’s commission. Eyes double inlaid. Meiji Period, circa 1890.

Measuring 6” high, including rock crystal.

 
         
         
 
 

7. An exceptional antique Japanese ivory okimono of a study of a diverse array of rats clambering over the bountiful contents of an upturned garden basket. This manifestation of great plentitude is a symbol of prosperity and an ingenious composition that delights the eye from every perspective. Signed Hakushin. Meiji Period (1867-1912).

Measuring 3” high.

 
         
         
 
 

8. An antique Japanese ivory okimono depicting a study of a private moment in the life of a Bijin (beauty), as she kneels on a mat wearing an elegant kimono. In her right hand she holds an open book, where with rapt attention and a knowing smile, she reads of the romantic exploits of Prince Genji. In her left hand she holds a long, narrow pipe, her smoking hibachi and tea tray are at her side. Behind her, with his elbow pressing into her shoulder, is the family masseur. Therapeutic massage was a very honorable occupation of the blind. This blind masseur is respectfully portrayed (they are often the subject of jest with bumps on their heads from running into things). His intelligent, compassionate face appears intent on his practice, unaware of the charms of his patient. Lustrous patina and fine details. Signed Homin. Circa 1880.

Measuring 3” high.

 
         
         
 
 

9. An antique Japanese tall ivory covered box carved in deep three dimensional relief with a dynamic narrative of the Shinto Storm Gods Raiden and Fugen. They are depicted wreaking havoc among the clouds, having excited the rage of Tengu - the taloned half bird, half man who is the mythic manifestation of a master of martial arts. Raiden and Fugen are perceived as mischievous demons who take delight in raining on traditional outdoor festivities. The artist’s skill is extraordinary both in composition and fine detail. With each turn of this work of art, lifelike movement and animated expressions are revealed. The sculpted knop on the lid is in the form of a winged bat. Signed Shingyoku in seal style characters. Meiji Period.

Measuring 8 ½” high.

 
         
         
 
 

10. An extraordinary antique Japanese covered ivory box carved in the round with a high relief narrative depicting a group of very mischievous anthropomorphic frogs cavorting around a fisherman’s basket as they appear to be tickling each other and harassing the great Namazu (earthquake fish). It is Japan’s ancient mythological legend that the Namazu sleeps beneath the islands of Japan, and when provoked causes the island nation’s earthquakes. The lid of the box is a marvelous gathering of shells with an organic knop of a cluster of molluscs. Circa 1880.

Measuring 4 ¼” high.