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Japanese Netsuke

Originally used as practical objects, Japanese netsuke has become an outlet for sculptors to express their creativity and a popular collectible worldwide. First discovered in 17th century Japan, netsuke serve as a solution to the lack of pockets in the Japanese kimono. These small fixtures help to hold multi-compartmented boxes known as "inro," which are used to carry possessions. Netsukes are worn above the obi of the kimono, fastened to a rope or cord which is passed under the obi, and strung onto the inro.

Japanese netsuke can be made from a wide variety of materials including ivory, hardwood, clay or porcelain, metal, and in rare cases, even walnuts or coral. The most common medium for creating is ivory netsuke. However, as obtaining ivory from a live animal is now illegal, production... Read more

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A LARGE IVORY SHISHI NETSUKE.  19th Century.  Seated on a stand and sneering, unsigned, 5cm H.  ????? ??

February 27, 2018, 3:00 PM GMT
London, United Kingdom

£250 (starting bid)

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Japanese ivory netsuke

February 28, 2018, 3:00 PM CET
Vienna, Austria

€120 (starting bid)

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Japanese ivory netsuke

February 28, 2018, 3:00 PM CET
Vienna, Austria

€120 (starting bid)

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Japanese ivory netsuke

February 28, 2018, 3:00 PM CET
Vienna, Austria

€120 (starting bid)

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Carved Ivory Rat Netsuke Together with Early Bone Fountain Pen

March 1, 2018, 10:30 AM AEDT
Sydney, Australia

AUD30 (starting bid)

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A 19TH CENTURY JAPANESE MEIJI PERIOD CARVED IVORY NETSUKE modelled as a bea

March 1, 2018, 10:00 AM GMT
Selborne, United Kingdom

£120 (starting bid)

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AN EARLY 20TH CENTURY JAPANESE TAISHO PERIOD CARVED IVORY NETSUKE in the fo

March 1, 2018, 10:00 AM GMT
Selborne, United Kingdom

£80 (starting bid)

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A GROUP OF FOUR JAPANESE CARVED BOXWOOD NETSUKES including a pair of pipe s

March 1, 2018, 10:00 AM GMT
Selborne, United Kingdom

£30 (1 bid)

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A GROUP SIX JAPANESE CARVED BOXWOOD NETSUKES in various forms, including a

March 1, 2018, 10:00 AM GMT
Selborne, United Kingdom

£40 (1 bid)

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AN EARLY 20TH VENTURY JAPANESE MEIJI PERIOD CARVED IVORY NETSUKE modelled a

March 1, 2018, 10:00 AM GMT
Selborne, United Kingdom

£50 (starting bid)

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A JAPANESE CARVED BOXWOOD NETSUKE in the form of a male, together with two

March 1, 2018, 10:00 AM GMT
Selborne, United Kingdom

£50 (starting bid)

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A LATE 19TH CENTURY JAPANESE MEIJI PERIOD CARVED IVORY NETSUKE modelled as

March 1, 2018, 10:00 AM GMT
Selborne, United Kingdom

£240 (starting bid)

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AN UNUSUAL EARLY 20TH CENTURY POLYCHROMED WOODEN NETSUKE in the form of a s

March 1, 2018, 10:00 AM GMT
Selborne, United Kingdom

£80 (starting bid)

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A 19TH CENTURY JAPANESE MEIJI PERIOD CARVED IVORY NETSUKE in the form of a

March 1, 2018, 10:00 AM GMT
Selborne, United Kingdom

£40 (1 bid)

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A 19TH CENTURY JAPANESE MEIJI PERIOD CARVED IVORY NETSUKE modelled as a fem

March 1, 2018, 10:00 AM GMT
Selborne, United Kingdom

£60 (starting bid)

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A 19TH CENTURY JAPANESE MEIJI PERIOD CARVED IVORY NETSUKE in the form of a

March 1, 2018, 10:00 AM GMT
Selborne, United Kingdom

£50 (starting bid)

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3 kleine Schnitzereien.

March 1, 2018, 1:00 PM CET
Rudolstadt, Germany

€160 (starting bid)

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Netsuke Fisch.

March 1, 2018, 1:00 PM CET
Rudolstadt, Germany

€150 (starting bid)

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Netsuke - Mann mit Kelch.

March 1, 2018, 1:00 PM CET
Rudolstadt, Germany

€150 (starting bid)

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Netsuke - Fruchtverkäufer.

March 1, 2018, 1:00 PM CET
Rudolstadt, Germany

€120 (starting bid)

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Netsuke - Sumo Ringer und Fisch.

March 1, 2018, 1:00 PM CET
Rudolstadt, Germany

€150 (starting bid)

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Netsuke Fukurokuju.

March 1, 2018, 1:00 PM CET
Rudolstadt, Germany

€150 (starting bid)

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Netsuke Drache.

March 1, 2018, 1:00 PM CET
Rudolstadt, Germany

€120 (starting bid)

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Netsuke - lachender Hotei.

March 1, 2018, 1:00 PM CET
Rudolstadt, Germany

€150 (starting bid)

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Netsuke - Mann mit Kind.

March 1, 2018, 1:00 PM CET
Rudolstadt, Germany

€120 (starting bid)

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Netsuke - sitzender Handwerker.

March 1, 2018, 1:00 PM CET
Rudolstadt, Germany

€120 (starting bid)

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Netsuke - Affe mit Frucht.

March 1, 2018, 1:00 PM CET
Rudolstadt, Germany

€120 (starting bid)

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