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by jbjtennyo
Sat Nov 25, 2017 1:50 am
Forum: Collector's Gallery
Topic: Favorite Finds of 2017
Replies: 38
Views: 452

Re: Favorite Finds of 2017

Piers, I always feel your insights are right on, and don't question them ever. Just felt that Shugenja's was light hearted and fun, and worth a mention. Because I love symbolism, and feel that it is a Japanese practice too, I really like what Neil offered up as well -regarding the dormouse, as it mi...
by jbjtennyo
Fri Nov 24, 2017 9:07 pm
Forum: Modern Tourist Souvenir Netsuke & Netsuke-like Objects
Topic: A little stolen Fox
Replies: 4
Views: 44

Re: A little stolen Fox

Here's a fox priest that sold at auction for £55,250 (US$ 73,631) inc. premium - for you to compare!
by jbjtennyo
Fri Nov 24, 2017 8:46 pm
Forum: Modern Tourist Souvenir Netsuke & Netsuke-like Objects
Topic: A little stolen Fox
Replies: 4
Views: 44

Re: A little stolen Fox

Hi Curt, The "subject" is a famous one-the fox-priest Hyakuzôsu, but you are right in that it is a modern copy/carving - the crisp harsh rigid lines of it tell the tale for me. And you must see something to say NLO--what is it you see about it that makes you come to that conclusion now?
by jbjtennyo
Fri Nov 24, 2017 5:28 pm
Forum: Collector's Gallery
Topic: Favorite Finds of 2017
Replies: 38
Views: 452

Re: Favorite Finds of 2017

Regarding the squirrel on grapes, I just got an email from another netsuke friend reminding me of a post by Shugenja regarding the same a while back. It also sheds some light on the subject matter! He said "Although this animal is usually identified as a squirrel or a sarigue, it is actually wh...
by jbjtennyo
Fri Nov 24, 2017 11:14 am
Forum: Collector's Gallery
Topic: Favorite Finds of 2017
Replies: 38
Views: 452

Re: Favorite Finds of 2017

What a smorgasbord of netsuke temptations! Alex, your shishi Mama embodies a real sense of parenting in the portrayal of the baby nearly consumed by it protective mother's embrace. A beautiful netsuke form too, and elegantly carved composition. Alison, your mermaid and child is again a loving tribut...
by jbjtennyo
Wed Nov 22, 2017 11:36 pm
Forum: Collector's Gallery
Topic: Favorite Finds of 2017
Replies: 38
Views: 452

Re: Favorite Finds of 2017

I really love this ryusa, Jan. Stag antler is one of my favorite materials, as the textures and color changes bring a lot of interest to the composition. At first look, I thought this looked more like a butterfly shape, but I don't think if it were a butterfly the carver would have put it under the ...
by jbjtennyo
Wed Nov 22, 2017 5:29 pm
Forum: Authenticity
Topic: Man with Sack Netsuke
Replies: 3
Views: 92

Re: Man with Sack Netsuke

Hi Curt, This man with sack is certainly better than the shell netsuke. I do believe it to be an authentic Japanese carving. I particularly like the way his face and hair are carved. It seems the carver gave the most attention to the most difficult part of the composition, as the body and limbs don'...
by jbjtennyo
Wed Nov 22, 2017 5:06 pm
Forum: Collector's Gallery
Topic: Favorite Finds of 2017
Replies: 38
Views: 452

Favorite Finds of 2017

I really enjoyed seeing all the posts in Neil Holton's Favorite Finds 2016, so thought it might be fun to see what everyone's favorites are this year. I didn't purchase a lot this year, just a few pieces. But even if I had acquired more, it would be hard for anything to surpass getting this ensemble...
by jbjtennyo
Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:55 am
Forum: Authenticity
Topic: Aspargus
Replies: 3
Views: 106

Re: Aspargus

Piers your knowledge of Japanese diet adds insight to the composition of this netsuke! I agree that the himotoshi seems weak, and you can even see wood particles inside that were not cleanly ground away. This netsuke looks more recent to me, and I think it also has a folk art look to it.
by jbjtennyo
Tue Nov 21, 2017 6:17 pm
Forum: Authenticity
Topic: A little Shishi for the Weekend
Replies: 8
Views: 209

Re: A little Shishi for the Weekend

Yes, Piers, I wish I did have a shot but not in the book -"Netsuke" selected from private Hungarian collections II. And the images are grainy and impossible to see the detail in the shadowy areas. I just thought the faces seemed to be carved in the same manner and material of course seems ...

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