Banana: An ivory okimono of a partly peeled banana, realistically rendered to reveal the white flesh inside which has small areas of brown staining to enhance the naturalistic effect.
Clementine: An ivory okimono of a Clementine with some peal removed. The skin of the small orange carefully dimpled and dyed to the realistic effect.
Meiji Period. Slight damage to Clementine peal.
A magnificent Chinese silk embroidered robe from the late Qing period, richly wrought with dragons in gold thread pursuing the flaming pearl of wisdom amongst the clouds. Dazzling and detailed silk embroidery against a royal blue silk ground, all in a great state of preservation. Late 19th/early 20th century.
A true tour-de-force of Japanese Meiji period ivory carving is found in this finely wrought and very complex figural group depicting an animal trainer who’s mischievous monkeys and intimidating eagle frighten a mother and child passing by. A visual delight from every angle. Signed, 10-1/2″ tall. Very good condition.