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by maric
Tue Feb 06, 2018 7:12 am
Forum: Artists Showcase
Topic: Dragon
Replies: 6
Views: 572

Re: Dragon

Hi Raoux
It's a lovely carving of a dragon. How many hours did you spend on the carving?
Wes Thorpe
by maric
Fri Nov 24, 2017 7:39 am
Forum: Collector's Gallery
Topic: Favorite Finds of 2017
Replies: 199
Views: 12396

Re: Favorite Finds of 2017

Hi all my netsuke affectionado friends Some fabulous netsuke on show so far. I particularly like Judy's ensamble and Alex's shishi and young. By far and away my best acquisition this year is this rather large shunga netsuke by Shunzan (Meiji Period) showing Fukusuke and Okame having a good time drin...
by maric
Sat Sep 30, 2017 5:56 am
Forum: Ceramic
Topic: Porcelain/Ceramic Netsuke
Replies: 23
Views: 2551

Re: Porcelain/Ceramic Netsuke

Judy
Your "son" with the shishi mask in front of him can also be found in the British Museum's collection and was exhibited in their last exhibition entitled "Netsuke- 100 minature masterpieces from Japan". What a find!!! Well done.
Wes
by maric
Fri Jul 07, 2017 6:40 am
Forum: Subjects & Legends in Japanese Art
Topic: Shunga discussion - different grades
Replies: 137
Views: 18734

Re: Shunga discussion - different grades

Hi all my avid netsuke friends I acquired this netsuke at a UK provincial auction recently. It was described as "a lady and gentleman in a circular tub sharing a drink"! It is of course Okame and Hotei in a sake cup enjoying a cup of sake but look carefully and they seem to be enjoying som...
by maric
Fri Jun 02, 2017 3:07 pm
Forum: Collector's Gallery
Topic: RYO KAWAHARA-A LOST MASTERPIECE?
Replies: 58
Views: 5380

Re: RYO KAWAHARA-A LOST MASTERPIECE?

Thank you Luigi. We are kindred spirits.
Regards
Wes
by maric
Fri Jun 02, 2017 3:32 am
Forum: Collector's Gallery
Topic: RYO KAWAHARA-A LOST MASTERPIECE?
Replies: 58
Views: 5380

Re: RYO KAWAHARA-A LOST MASTERPIECE?

Thank you one and all for your kind and interesting comments.
Whatever his origins, I shall continue to love and cherish my old sarumawashi and his little monkeys.
Regards
Wes
by maric
Thu Jun 01, 2017 6:47 am
Forum: Collector's Gallery
Topic: RYO KAWAHARA-A LOST MASTERPIECE?
Replies: 58
Views: 5380

Re: RYO KAWAHARA-A LOST MASTERPIECE?

Thanks Luigi and Clive for your comments. Luigi The reason that Meinertzhagen and Neil Davey gave very little info on Ryo is because he is extremely rare- even the British Museum has no examples of his work- only 12/15 known examples throughout the World. If I was you I'd chase up on your snails. Cl...
by maric
Wed May 31, 2017 11:11 am
Forum: Collector's Gallery
Topic: RYO KAWAHARA-A LOST MASTERPIECE?
Replies: 58
Views: 5380

Re: RYO KAWAHARA-A LOST MASTERPIECE?

Hi Martyn Thanks for getting back to me so soon. I look forward to meeting up with you when you get back from the German Convention. The height of my netsuke is 55mm. No, I have never handled another Ryo netsuke. The genius of this master carver was his ability to convey multiple emotions and attitu...
by maric
Wed May 31, 2017 7:44 am
Forum: Collector's Gallery
Topic: RYO KAWAHARA-A LOST MASTERPIECE?
Replies: 58
Views: 5380

Re: RYO KAWAHARA-A LOST MASTERPIECE?

Some more of Part2 of David Burnett's article on Ryo
Wes
by maric
Wed May 31, 2017 7:38 am
Forum: Collector's Gallery
Topic: RYO KAWAHARA-A LOST MASTERPIECE?
Replies: 58
Views: 5380

Re: RYO KAWAHARA-A LOST MASTERPIECE?

Hi Everyone Yes indeed, Jan has done a wonderful analysis of various parts of Ryo's carvings as compared to mine and has been quite complimentary. The problem is that none of you have the actual netsuke to hand so cannot comment on the"agi" the carving give off. I shall try to address this...

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