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Help Sought by a beginner

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Roy
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Help Sought by a beginner

Postby Roy » Thu Feb 01, 2018 1:19 am

Hi Everyone,
I am a beginner in Netsuke collection. Doing my necessary readings to get familiar with the subjects, and also looking to buy not too expensive pieces to get some practical experience. The attached is a piece that has been shown to me. Would be grateful with some help regarding how the piece looks to experienced eyes and where should the value lie as a guide.

Thanks again
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AFNetsuke
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Re: Help Sought by a beginner

Postby AFNetsuke » Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:08 am

Welcome, Roy. You may not have realized that valuations are not part of what members do here. What questions do you have about this piece? What information did the seller give you and do you agree with what you've been told? What do you believe it to be as to subject, material, quality, age, etc?
Alan

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chonchon
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Re: Help Sought by a beginner

Postby chonchon » Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:31 am

It's a 'fun' piece, with the two famous characters posed uncharacteristically in the playful shape of something else. Strong feelings of Meiji/Taisho to me.
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Piers

Size is something.

Roy
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Re: Help Sought by a beginner

Postby Roy » Thu Feb 01, 2018 6:56 am

Thanks a lot Alan and Piers.
My feel is that it is 19 century piece. I identify Hotei but can’t grasp the context.
Let me know if I got that wrong. It looks authentic to me.
My doubt is whether this piece is generic enough for a beginners collection.

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chonchon
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Re: Help Sought by a beginner

Postby chonchon » Thu Feb 01, 2018 8:05 am

Hotei was itinerant, which means he must have crossed rivers too when he came to them. The suggestion here to me is that he has playfully turned his sack into a boat, with his fan serving as sail, to the childlike imagination. Or if he was a god, perhaps he was able to magically transform objects around him?
Piers

Size is something.

lohrberg
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Re: Help Sought by a beginner

Postby lohrberg » Thu Feb 01, 2018 6:44 pm

Roy wrote:Hi Everyone,
The attached is a piece that has been shown to me.


Roy, this piece is not especially shown to you, since it is offered on ebay,

https://www.ebay.de/itm/Authentic-Japan ... SwfphabNW1

Reinhard

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tanukisan
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Re: Help Sought by a beginner

Postby tanukisan » Thu Feb 01, 2018 7:31 pm

Also the e-bay seller ( ningyuax-0) is listed on e-bay as in the USA but the netsuke is located in Glasgow, UK but his items for sale do not come up on e-bay UK for some reason :!:

John 


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chonchon
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Re: Help Sought by a beginner

Postby chonchon » Fri Feb 02, 2018 1:02 am

Roy, I do not understnd your question: "My doubt is whether this piece is generic enough for a beginners collection."

Does a beginner's collection need to be 'generic'?
Piers

Size is something.

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Re: Help Sought by a beginner

Postby jbjtennyo » Fri Feb 02, 2018 12:40 pm

Welcome Roy.. This is a fun and sweet little mid range authentic netsuke. I believe you are correct that it is 19C. As one looking ahead to being a serious collector of netsuke, this is a much better piece to start with than a piece of Korean junk made with illegal ivory. Don't look for generic just because you're a beginner, but instead, look for the best that you can find at a price you can afford. Don't buy junk or generic. As you continue to collect, and your eye and taste improve, mid range authentic will still fit in your collection, and not become examples of costly mistakes.
Judy


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