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by mss
Fri Dec 15, 2017 11:35 pm
Forum: Collector's Gallery
Topic: Favorite Finds of 2017
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Re: Favorite Finds of 2017

The recent fascination for lacquer inspired me to acquire this rather delicate manju with a design of butterflies. It is signed Yoyusai with kakihan. (ex Brooke Robinson Collection, Dudley Museum and Art Gallery) Lovely piece; as you say, delicate, so probably only used (if at all) for special occa...
by mss
Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:08 pm
Forum: Collector's Gallery
Topic: Favorite Finds of 2017
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Views: 5833

Re: Favorite Finds of 2017

Clive wrote:Looks very well illustrated Milton.. whats the name of the book?


Japanese Lacquer Art
Modern Masterpieces
edited by the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
translated by Richard L. Gage

published by Weathrhill/Tankosho: New York, Tokyo, Kyoto
ISBN 0-8348-1524-9
by mss
Fri Dec 15, 2017 3:05 pm
Forum: Collector's Gallery
Topic: Favorite Finds of 2017
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Views: 5833

Re: Favorite Finds of 2017

Very interesting question Martyn, to which I do not have an answer. With luck the answer will pop up along the path in the very near future! I will ask around. Found this in a book I have on Modern Japanese Lacquer. Within are multiple techniques demonstrated by modern masters--although believe met...
by mss
Thu Dec 14, 2017 4:31 pm
Forum: Collector's Gallery
Topic: Favorite Finds of 2017
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Re: Favorite Finds of 2017

Thank you, Piers, for your reply. It opened a whole new avenue of investigation for me. I have found examples of esen with round holes, but more importantly, found a book, Coins of Japan , written in 1904 and published in Yokohama, by Prof. Neil Gordon Munro (Univ. of Edinburgh). Within the introduc...
by mss
Thu Dec 14, 2017 12:55 pm
Forum: Collector's Gallery
Topic: Favorite Finds of 2017
Replies: 195
Views: 5833

Re: Favorite Finds of 2017

Thank you. Martyn. Gambling tokens may be the answer. I was surprised how good the case felt in hand, a certain smoothness which implied long wear.

A better image of the seal (click for higher resolution)
by mss
Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:12 am
Forum: Collector's Gallery
Topic: Favorite Finds of 2017
Replies: 195
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Re: Favorite Finds of 2017

Glad to see a nice pipe case in this thread. I've acquired several cases this year, but interestingly, the most modest (at least in expense), is also my favorite. A simple dark wood pipe case carved in relief with seals, coins, and an inscription (not translated). This case feels really good in hand...
by mss
Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:16 pm
Forum: Collector's Gallery
Topic: Favorite Finds of 2017
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Views: 5833

Re: Favorite Finds of 2017

Martyn, believe this is the netsuke your refer to. Also found an image of a Gama sennin by Yoshikane in Laz. Despite the disparaging remarks by Joly concerning 19th C. netsuke, judging by the examples presented, Yoshikane's work appears 1st rate. The komuso beggars were disgraced ronin (masterless s...
by mss
Mon Dec 11, 2017 7:31 pm
Forum: Collector's Gallery
Topic: Favorite Finds of 2017
Replies: 195
Views: 5833

Re: Favorite Finds of 2017

Again, thank you, Martyn. For interest and comparison, posting the signed okimono you mentioned, housed in Spurlock Museum, Univ. of Illinois, depicting a Komuso playing a shakuhachi (was not familiar with the latter term, but it is described by Lazarnick as a clarinet type bamboo musical instrument...
by mss
Mon Dec 11, 2017 1:02 pm
Forum: Collector's Gallery
Topic: Favorite Finds of 2017
Replies: 195
Views: 5833

Re: Favorite Finds of 2017

Piers and Martyn,

A big thank you. Really great information. I truly appreciate your efforts in keeping the Forums such an informative and accessible resource.

Milton
by mss
Mon Dec 11, 2017 4:09 am
Forum: Collector's Gallery
Topic: Favorite Finds of 2017
Replies: 195
Views: 5833

Re: Favorite Finds of 2017

Thank you, Piers. I'll try to get a better shot of the last kanji.

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