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Can someone tell me what i have?

Postby Scottiehollywood » Fri Nov 10, 2017 5:02 am

Inherited a netsuke from my late father and wondered if anyone could shed any light on what I have. Thank you so much for your time.

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Re: Can someone tell me what i have?

Postby ModTeam » Fri Nov 10, 2017 8:59 pm

Dear Scottiehollywood,

Welcome to the netsuke and sagemono lounge :)

The item(s) you have posted are categorised as an NLO (Netsuke Like Object). These types of works are commonly reproduced in the far east, are non Japanese, and have unreadable signatures applied.

We would also like to take this opportunity to make you aware we don't offer valuations on the forum, and solicitation of items is prohibited. That being said we are comfortable to say that NLO's are worth little to nothing commercially, and the real value will only be apparent in some form of sentimental meaning this piece may hold for you.

To help you understand more about NLO's we would like to direct you to read this introduction on modern souvenir productions (NLO's) - viewtopic.php?f=12122&t=7940207

Your topic has been moved into the Modern Tourist Souvenir Netsuke & Netsuke-like Objects forum. As little more can be said on the NLO, this thread has been locked.

You are actively welcomed to create further topics, ask questions, or share more of your collection. If you are genuinely interested in learning more about netsuke and sagemono we would encourage you to make use of the search feature on the forum, and look through the many examples of authentic netsuke already posted.

We hope to see you develop a genuine interest in this addictive art form, and please know, a friendly community of helpful individuals awaits to answer any further questions you may have.
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Re: Can someone tell me what i have?

Postby chonchon » Sat Nov 11, 2017 1:16 am

Sometimes a message like the above can be disappointing, but there is not much to add. Your little figure has as much Chinese influence as Japanese, if not more. Someone has spent a long time making this, for probably little remuneration, and although the label 'modern' seems harsh, the material does look fresh. It also breaks the traditional parameters of a Netsuke where for example 'pointy' bits are cleverly tucked away. 'Modern' can easily cover 100 years, but in the Netsuke world to the purist it kind of means 'anything after 1870', ie in the last 150 years. The staining and coloring on your figure though reminds me of similar work sold in Hong Kong in the early 1900s at the earliest. This style went on right through and after the Second World War.
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Size is something.

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