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by chonchon
Thu Nov 23, 2017 1:26 am
Forum: Collector's Gallery
Topic: Favorite Finds of 2017
Replies: 5
Views: 52

Re: Favorite Finds of 2017

Jan, the feet of your shishi are stylized to the extent that there is no weight to its body and it merges with the clouds, a sign of Elysian fields, ie heaven. Shishi are usually imagined in association with Botan (peonies) and butterflies, so your artist may have created a dream sequence with just ...
by chonchon
Thu Nov 23, 2017 1:21 am
Forum: Collector's Gallery
Topic: Favorite Finds of 2017
Replies: 5
Views: 52

Re: Favorite Finds of 2017

Judy your set is lovely. My feeling is that it would be perfect for the summer when the heat is unbearable and Japanese enjoy even the very suggestion of something cool. The netsuke shows favorite themes of children, playing, festivals, faraway places, again to delight the heart. Thank goodness thes...
by chonchon
Thu Nov 23, 2017 1:14 am
Forum: Authenticity
Topic: Man with stick and a bird
Replies: 3
Views: 223

Re: Man with stick and a bird

Henrick, this is a little statue of an ancient sage, carved quite crudely and fairly recently IMHO, and designed to stand alone, as an okimono of sorts, (ie not a Netsuke). If there are himotoshi holes, please forgive my eyesight, but even so the flat base does not change the situation. :)
by chonchon
Thu Nov 23, 2017 1:05 am
Forum: Authenticity
Topic: Man with Sack Netsuke
Replies: 3
Views: 59

Re: Man with Sack Netsuke

My initial feeling is that it has been dropped and broken, and during the mending process, in order to de-emphasize the breakage angles, a similar angular pattern has been subsequently added overall.
by chonchon
Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:19 am
Forum: Authenticity
Topic: Aspargus
Replies: 3
Views: 80

Re: Aspargus

The himotoshi holes look weak. The bottom says 竹山人 Chikusanjin, an unusual name to want to fake.

Very Japanese foods, bamboo shoot, kuwai, lotus root and red carrot.
by chonchon
Wed Nov 22, 2017 9:45 am
Forum: Coffee Lounge
Topic: Thank you for your trust and patience :-)
Replies: 6
Views: 94

Re: Thank you for your trust and patience :-)

Oh, and I hope you can take all the time you need to enjoy your various projects too! :idea: 8-)
by chonchon
Wed Nov 22, 2017 9:44 am
Forum: Coffee Lounge
Topic: Thank you for your trust and patience :-)
Replies: 6
Views: 94

Re: Thank you for your trust and patience :-)

Welcome to the outside world looking in, Martyn! :D Actually this has come as a total surprise to me, mixed with not a small amount of concern. Are you really all right, and next to that, will we really be all right? I cannot imagine life here without you, Martyn, but you have helped launch, float a...
by chonchon
Tue Nov 21, 2017 3:10 pm
Forum: Authenticity
Topic: A little Shishi for the Weekend
Replies: 8
Views: 179

Re: A little Shishi for the Weekend

A pity there is no shot under the base, Judy.
by chonchon
Tue Nov 21, 2017 4:01 am
Forum: Authenticity
Topic: Signature of a man riding a fish
Replies: 3
Views: 67

Re: Signature of a man riding a fish

Tend to agree with Alan on this one, on quality too. The signature says in flowing-water style (?) writing 玉川 which can be read a number of ways in Romanization. Gyokusen and Tamagawa would be the first and second most obvious readings.
by chonchon
Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:53 pm
Forum: Sagemono Types
Topic: pipe case addition
Replies: 125
Views: 6309

Re: pipe case addition

Perhaps 'alleviate' rather than 'stop'...

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