authentic netsuke collection comprises over twenty years of active acquisition
all over the world, with fine examples from 18th to 19th century netsuke of the
Edo and Meiji eras to contemporary masterpieces by living Japanese masters including
a Sennin by Hojitsu, an Eagle by Masanao, and a rare Shunga netsuke by Masatoshi.
prices have risen spectacularly over the past few decades. In 1979 the premier
issue of the Journal of the International Netsuke Society reported the record
price for a netsuke as $18,000, a new threshold of valuation. Less than thirty
years later the record has risen to $150,000 for a dancing fox woman
(LOT #19 BY GECHU, whose name means "Tusk Worm") auctioned at Sotheby's
London, November 8, 2005. A soaring European market for quality netsuke
has resulted in ever-widening disparity between European and American prices.
Important auctions of netsuke now take place exclusively in Europe. Thus our listed
estimates should be considered only as a guideline for sales in the United States--actual
value according to current auction results may be vastly higher. We invite collectors
to email us with an inquiry or an honest offer; with over 1500 netsuke in our
library, we remain committed to providing collectors with the opportunity to purchase
authentic antique netsuke at outstanding prices.
Japanese Antler Netsuke