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by neilholton
Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: Coffee Lounge
Topic: Some light reading for the coffee break
Replies: 67
Views: 3483

Re: Some light reading for the coffee break

I guess so Piers, I think that is the set-up that I have heard of. Thanks for the link.
by neilholton
Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Coffee Lounge
Topic: Some light reading for the coffee break
Replies: 67
Views: 3483

Re: Some light reading for the coffee break

A fine Gechu-esque figure Alan...the fitting of the metal ring allows for very easy tying and untying. At some point this figure was owned by an individual that required the Netsuke to perform a very specific task, as you say perhaps multiple sagemono or even a very large object/s to be tied to it. ...
by neilholton
Fri Feb 02, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Sagemono Types
Topic: Inro of silk brocade in tree
Replies: 12
Views: 322

Re: Inro of silk brocade in tree

Spot on Piers :)

This is a frequent lacquer design. Bushell had a beautiful Inro of this design, illustrated in Inro Handbook and then the Sothebys sale.
by neilholton
Thu Jan 25, 2018 5:07 pm
Forum: Subjects & Legends in Japanese Art
Topic: Junishi
Replies: 44
Views: 1069

Re: Junishi

I honestly did not see it... Lisa and I are right in the middle of organising our May Catalogue/Exhibition so I've taken my eye off the ball. If I'd had the opportunity I would have been trying :) Its an honest example of a Kyoto beckoning dog. These are thought to be the precursor to the ivory and ...
by neilholton
Wed Jan 24, 2018 5:58 pm
Forum: Subjects & Legends in Japanese Art
Topic: Junishi
Replies: 44
Views: 1069

Re: Junishi

I love the Kyoto stag-antler dog
by neilholton
Sun Jan 14, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: Auctions - INS recommended
Topic: Van Ham - The handling session
Replies: 83
Views: 2661

Re: Van Ham - The handling session

I think judging tall figures is a very complex activity. Labelling this netsuke a Dutchman is trivualising the Netsuke’s brilliance somewhat. The sailor is just about to humanely stretch the neck of the Rabbit. His concentration is momentarily focussed towards something to left, which clearly please...
by neilholton
Tue Jan 09, 2018 6:45 pm
Forum: Subjects & Legends in Japanese Art
Topic: Proverb and Allusion
Replies: 32
Views: 828

Re: Proverb and Allusion

Yes, please do bring this along next time we meet. I would love to find a tonkotsu in this material. I think its whale bone :love:
by neilholton
Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Subjects & Legends in Japanese Art
Topic: Proverb and Allusion
Replies: 32
Views: 828

Re: Proverb and Allusion

John have you any thoughts on what type of bone the Inro is made from?

:?:
by neilholton
Wed Dec 13, 2017 11:47 am
Forum: Collector's Gallery
Topic: Favorite Finds of 2017
Replies: 197
Views: 7401

Re: Favorite Finds of 2017

In the lighter tone of Neil's last comment I should record that when I am annoyed, one of my favourite replies, is "I don't give a flying squirrel." :D UK English = I couldn't care less. US English = I could care less. On a couple of occasions Lisa has said to me in tempter "I don't ...
by neilholton
Tue Dec 12, 2017 7:47 pm
Forum: Collector's Gallery
Topic: Favorite Finds of 2017
Replies: 197
Views: 7401

Re: Favorite Finds of 2017

This is fantastic new information regarding the subject squirrel on vine. I done a little research this evening and there seems an array of meanings for this subject. The following are from books and a verbal source….. Chinese Creeds & Customs The squirrel and the grape is a very old design foun...

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