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Re: Inexpensive Beginner's Netsuke

Postby AFNetsuke » Sun Apr 24, 2016 2:37 am

What a deal, Dave! And included a Benkei in shell (I've forgotten the correct name of the "triton" but suspect you'll tell us).
Would you describe them for the new collectors?

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Re: Inexpensive Beginner's Netsuke

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Re: Inexpensive Beginner's Netsuke

Postby jbjtennyo » Sun Apr 24, 2016 10:12 am

Alan, there was a very nice article on the monkey carvers that carved in this style in an old EuroNetsuke journal that I ran across after winning a lot of them on ebay. If you have not seen the article I am happy to photograph it for you and either post here or email it to you. Just let me know. The monkey is my favorite of the lot too.
Dave, Benkei in the conch shell is very nice. Maybe you would show closer multiple images of it someday? Thanks,

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Re: Inexpensive Beginner's Netsuke

Postby AFNetsuke » Sun Apr 24, 2016 5:14 pm

Thanks, Judy. I don't have that one. We also have a lot of the cartoon monkeys in a topic within the archived forum if it's not on the public side of the Lounge.

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Re: Inexpensive Beginner's Netsuke

Postby DSW90049 » Sun Apr 24, 2016 7:36 pm

Excellent point, Alan.
As one studies in this field, improving the eye, beginning to recognize and appreciate styles of carving and subjects, and, likely paying more for their refined, more knowledgeable taste, it is easy to forget that there is much of interest and charm in simpler, but honest, pieces.

Sharing the ones depicted here, is a great example!
I especially enjoy the old cartoon-faced monkeys, often found with wear and
damage, but still quite lovable, and obviously once used by some happy owner.

As Alan asked, 'why buy an NLO, when there are worthy inexpensive pieces (ask any dealer; don't be shy) to be had all around you?'
"There is no shortcut to netsuke collecting; it takes time, study and patience. The market is flooded with utterly worthless rubbish. . . . "
Netsukes: Their Makers, Use and Meaning, H. Seymour Trower(1898)~~~~David

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Re: Inexpensive Beginner's Netsuke

Postby chonchon » Mon Apr 25, 2016 3:01 am

Hear hear!

Size is something.

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Re: Inexpensive Beginner's Netsuke

Postby DreamCollector » Thu Apr 28, 2016 8:40 am

Just now I found my way and trying the new place and thank you for making this possible !

Maybe this netsuke belongs in this category of inexpensive.
It was said by the seller to be 20th century, showing a sitting Ronin (masterless samurai)
But a friend collector says it could be older that that.

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Re: Inexpensive Beginner's Netsuke

Postby lohrberg » Thu Apr 28, 2016 9:04 am

DreamCollector (from Germany - may be around the corner, near my place Hannover) please post an additional picture from the bottom of this netsuke,


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Re: Inexpensive Beginner's Netsuke

Postby souldeep » Thu Apr 28, 2016 9:25 am

Hi DreamCollector and welcome to the new forum :D

This is indeed earlier than 20thc. The piece has developed a lovely patina. The pose is very Japanese, and his funny facial expression has transferred a smile to my face. Congratulations and thank you for sharing him.
Piglet: "Pooh?" Pooh: "Yes, Piglet?" Piglet: "I've been thinking..." Pooh: "That's a very good habit to get into to, Piglet." - A.A. Milne.

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Re: Inexpensive Beginner's Netsuke

Postby Oishii » Thu Apr 28, 2016 9:34 am

Yes, agree.
DC, not sure of this figure being a Ronin.
The face remind me a bit of the sitting entertainer, doing the "Kamifumi" game (blowing a paper from the forehead) ?
welcome DC and thanks.

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