HLH wrote:First I answered KARAKO because I thought it was a china boy but I couln't see the dress properly.
OK. I change this to SARUMAWASHI (sleeping monkey trainer)
Your assignment to post a sarumawashi was done well, it is a good example of this common model.
Now this will be a subject that you will not forget easily
HLH wrote:The "F" netsuke is a NLO. The hand and feet without details ...
I'm afraid we can't give you an A on that answer, Henrik ;-)
Piece F is an authentic Edo period netsuke. Do not be mislead by the lack of intricate detail.
Sometimes, an NLO may be more intricately carved than an Edo period netsuke. So, don't think in these categories.
So, when you see a piece that does not have so much detail, you might consider some other elements, like :
* age of the material : in time, you will be able to judge the age of wood and ivory, of which the patina is an important element.
* naturalness of the piece. Edo pieces will almost always be a bit more natural and many times a bit more realistic than NLO as well.
These carvers were also very good at bringing expression to a netsuke : cute, fierce, funny etc...
* the crafmanship : the quality and artistic standard is almost always higher than in NLO pieces.
* common Edo models : when going over the pieces offered at an auction, you will notice pieces that you seem to have seen before.
It is true that some models (like the sarumawashi) were repeated many, many times. The commonness points to it probably being old.
Here are a few authentic pieces that are relatively simple models, with hands and feet without much detail.
(sometimes the fine hairwork, like that of the pupy and the tanuki may have worn off)
HLH wrote:the himotoshi isn't nice...
There is a bit of damage near the sides of the himotoshi, but these are quite nice himotoshi.
When you encounter uneven (one bigger than the other) holes, it is usually a sign of good age.
Here are a few examples of this kind of good himotoshi :
To be continued !