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by Bakurae
Tue Nov 21, 2017 12:29 pm
Forum: Authenticity
Topic: I believe my winning streak comes to an end.
Replies: 13
Views: 193

Re: I believe my winning streak comes to an end.

This is both fun and instructive, Curt. You're an awfully good sport to do it. Looking forward to the next posting,
by Bakurae
Tue Nov 14, 2017 2:49 am
Forum: Subjects & Legends in Japanese Art
Topic: Kosekiko and Choryo?
Replies: 13
Views: 290

Re: Kosekiko and Choryo?

This is really fascinating. I wasn't aware that the angle of the Schreger lines might be different at the core. Definitely something to keep in mind. I agree with Piers that the netsuke is very likely made up of two sections, but given the story and the relationship of the figures they were surely m...
by Bakurae
Mon Nov 13, 2017 12:49 pm
Forum: Subjects & Legends in Japanese Art
Topic: Kosekiko and Choryo?
Replies: 13
Views: 290

Re: Kosekiko and Choryo?

Thanks, Piers, it will be interesting to see those photos. The question of how early mammoth ivory was used for netsuke, and where, is ian nteresting one. I'll try to do some research in the old forum, the INS Journal index, and books, to see if it's discussed anywhere. Does the style of the netsuke...
by Bakurae
Sun Nov 12, 2017 9:57 pm
Forum: Subjects & Legends in Japanese Art
Topic: Kosekiko and Choryo?
Replies: 13
Views: 290

Re: Kosekiko and Choryo?

Thanks, Roy and Judy. I had thought about mammoth ivory too based on the angles of the lines, but discounted it because the netsuke looked old and I have always assumed mammoth is a relatively modern material for netsuke. Am I wrong about that? I also don't know if marine ivory ever has Schreger lin...
by Bakurae
Sun Nov 12, 2017 5:57 pm
Forum: Subjects & Legends in Japanese Art
Topic: Kosekiko and Choryo?
Replies: 13
Views: 290

Re: Kosekiko and Choryo?

Looking again, both for style and condition, I'd bet older than Tomochika.
by Bakurae
Sun Nov 12, 2017 5:53 pm
Forum: Subjects & Legends in Japanese Art
Topic: Kosekiko and Choryo?
Replies: 13
Views: 290

Kosekiko and Choryo?

A friend recently showed me the okimono-style netsuke in the images below (a touch blurry; will try to do better). The subject seems to be Choryo rescuing Kosekiko's shoe from the river. Does anyone have a guess on the period and material? I'd guess last quarter 19th-century (Tomochika ballpark?), a...
by Bakurae
Wed Oct 18, 2017 1:09 am
Forum: Netsuke Types
Topic: Lots of 17th Century Inro v Lack of 17th Century Netsuke?
Replies: 5
Views: 318

Re: Lots of 17th Century Inro v Lack of 17th Century Netsuke?

A good place to start researching 17th-century netsuke might be Matthew Welch and Sharen Chappell, Netsuke: The Japanese Art of Miniature Carving, the catalogue of an exhibition at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts in 1998/1999. Pages 11-20 deal with 17th-century netsuke, including descriptions in 1...
by Bakurae
Tue Oct 10, 2017 2:08 am
Forum: Authenticity
Topic: Modern fakes?
Replies: 6
Views: 322

Re: Modern fakes?

By chance I recently acquired an antler ox that's a cousin of Frognip's. It's still a long way to Tomotada, but I'm fond of it, and appreciated Piers's comments.
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by Bakurae
Mon Oct 09, 2017 1:57 pm
Forum: Collector's Gallery
Topic: Chon's Reflections
Replies: 206
Views: 15493

Re: Chon's Reflections

I really like the frogs on the mushroom cap; hope it really is pressed resin, in which case there might be others like it around. But I don't recall seeing anything quite like it before. In the photo it could almost pass for umimatsu, except for the fine cracks.
by Bakurae
Thu Sep 28, 2017 11:50 am
Forum: Ceramic
Topic: Porcelain/Ceramic Netsuke
Replies: 23
Views: 1162

Re: Porcelain/Ceramic Netsuke

Marvelous toad! Reminds me of the Mitsuhiro hare netsuke in the Metropolitan Museum of Art!
http://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/59689

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