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Looking for any info about 2 netsuke

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Re: Looking for any about 2 netsuke

Postby ModTeam » Fri Dec 01, 2017 9:01 pm

Dear RMD,

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: Looking for any info about 2 netsuke

Postby Rmd0488 » Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:02 pm

Thanks so much for your quick reply. The items belonged to a family member who was an avid collector of faberege and other (mainly european) art. I'm surprised he would have purchased tourist mementos but stranger things have happened. Regardless I had no intention of selling them so the value is not important, just wanted to know a little bit more about them. Are the signatures on these types of objects meaningless? What kind of materials are these objects usually made of. Thanks again for all your help! An amazing forum you guys have here!

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Re: Looking for any info about 2 netsuke

Postby AFNetsuke » Sat Dec 02, 2017 3:30 am

Yes, the pseudo-signatures on NLOs can sometimes be read but are not those of legitimate netsuke artists. The majority are just squiggles to mimick real characters.
Materials can vary with wood being common these days but many are of modern ivories, in many cases of illegally poached elephant tusks. Our Siciety condems the killing of modern elephants and the trade in trinkets made from their body parts.

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