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by Curt
Fri Dec 22, 2017 12:11 pm
Forum: Authenticity
Topic: Three in a Leaf
Replies: 16
Views: 696

Re: Three in a Leaf

Rub-a-dub-dub, Three men in a tub, And who do you think they be? The butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker... Oh, my - it looks like my little netsuke trio and I have stumbled into the INS online Christmas party. There's Alan over there, with the magnifying glass. Oh and I see Alison too, and i...
by Curt
Fri Dec 22, 2017 1:46 am
Forum: Authenticity
Topic: Three in a Leaf
Replies: 16
Views: 696

Re: Three in a Leaf

The boat looks kind of leaky--lots of drill holes in the bottom. A reference to a proverb? Or just drill holes the carver didn't bother to smooth away? OK, let's all just pile on my little three man boat do-dad. First Alan and now Alison :) Boy, the A's are giving my little gem some grief. I just f...
by Curt
Thu Dec 21, 2017 10:05 pm
Forum: Authenticity
Topic: Three in a Leaf
Replies: 16
Views: 696

Re: Three in a Leaf

Lots of speculation here. I can't prove this isn't from a mingei arts movement but I use the term mingei in a different way, that is generally an antique piece by an individual who is not a paid artist for their or friends personal use. This to me just looks like a crude tourist thing quickly produ...
by Curt
Thu Dec 21, 2017 1:24 pm
Forum: Authenticity
Topic: Three in a Leaf
Replies: 16
Views: 696

Re: Three in a Leaf

Curt, I put my neck on line again.... As you say, nice but u. beep .y, but interesting design. The ivory seems aged (or treated old?). A crude carving, maybe made by someone learning carving technique. Interesting as the men seems to grow from the bottom. Inspired by "Three Men in a Boat"...
by Curt
Wed Dec 20, 2017 3:01 am
Forum: Authenticity
Topic: Three in a Leaf
Replies: 16
Views: 696

Three in a Leaf

Greetings from the Heartland of the USA - I hope everyone is enjoying the beginning of the Holiday season. Having a retail store leaves just a little time for netsuke, but I wanted to post this one that I am hopeful will be carved before the Mingei movement, but perhaps this is what it's time frame ...
by Curt
Wed Dec 20, 2017 2:32 am
Forum: Authenticity
Topic: Bishamon
Replies: 6
Views: 422

Re: Bishamon

Hi Curt, Sorry I have not been online for a couple of days. Regarding the himotoshi details, it is just one of many things you look at when judging the authenticity of a netsuke. There is enough discrepancy in these rules of thumb that you really just need to acquire a "feel for real". No...
by Curt
Wed Dec 20, 2017 2:28 am
Forum: Authenticity
Topic: Bishamon
Replies: 6
Views: 422

Re: Bishamon

Re: 'Himotoshi'. Himo 紐 means string. It ends with an 'O'. Remember the 'O' for the string? To-shi, 通しis from the verb 通す To-su, to push through. You can add 'ana' 穴 for hole(s) if you like. Viz., Himotoshi-ana, or Himotoshi-no-ana. Thus, a string-push-through or pass-through (hole), or set of hole...
by Curt
Sat Dec 16, 2017 2:53 pm
Forum: Authenticity
Topic: Bishamon
Replies: 6
Views: 422

Bishamon

So here the piece in question, the material seems to have some age to it, but in my (still untrained) eye, not authentic. I believe this is carved from either a sperm or killer whale's tooth, as the ivory has a concentric ring pattern. The subject it Bishamon, on of the 7 lucky gods and one of the f...
by Curt
Sat Dec 16, 2017 2:12 pm
Forum: Authenticity
Topic: Lion Dancer
Replies: 12
Views: 603

Re: Lion Dancer

Dear Curt (and others), Interesting object. I am a beginner and would like to know what kind of material I am looking at. Is it painted/lacquered ivory? Best regards, Jaap Hi Jaap - nice to meet you. This is a fine grained ivory that is stained and lacquered. Some discussion of materials in carving...
by Curt
Fri Dec 15, 2017 1:39 am
Forum: Authenticity
Topic: Lion Dancer
Replies: 12
Views: 603

Re: Lion Dancer

I would be interested to hear what our modern carvers think of this carver's pieces over time. Most are not my cup of tea. Who has collected his works? Alan the one I have certainly looks different than the ones in the text that Judy shared. What happened to make the drastic change? He was a painte...

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