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Original or faux?

Postby stancili » Thu Mar 08, 2018 7:36 pm


First of all, sorry for my wrong english. I started a netsuke-collecting few months ago, so I am really beginner... A local seller offer me this two netsukes, but I think both of them is faux... Please help me, if possible, thank you very much!

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Re: Original or faux?

Postby ModTeam » Thu Mar 08, 2018 9:19 pm

Dear Stancili,

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.
The ModTeam

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Re: Original or faux?

Postby ModTeam » Thu Mar 08, 2018 9:28 pm

Hi Joseph,

a warm welcome to the Forum !

please read the very educational post by Alan (AFNetsuke) that is linked in the response above.
This may mean a giant step forward for you, because you will start to recognise the common features of these NLO carvings ;
Comparing these with some genuine collectible examples to be found in the "Collectors Gallery" is very fascinating and will point you towards what to collect and what not ;-)

After some reading you may want to have some fun and test your knowledge : here is a thread with some exercises for starting collectors.

By the way : If you feel more comfortable writing in your mother tongue, please feel free to do so !
We have a PostTranslate function that is very helpful.

Enjoy your journey of discovery !
The ModTeam

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