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Identifying Signed Netsukes

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heatherfiore51
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Identifying Signed Netsukes

Postby heatherfiore51 » Sun Jan 08, 2017 11:54 pm

Hello,

I just registered today (1/8/17), I live in Los Angeles and would like some assistance as to where I can get clear info for a beginner regarding Netsuke and the signatures they bear. I have a few pieces I inherited from my Mother and would like to learn how to identify the signatures. Any info would be welcome.

Thanks,
Heather

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AFNetsuke
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Re: Identifying Signed Netsukes

Postby AFNetsuke » Mon Jan 09, 2017 1:54 am

Welcome, Heather. Luckily you live near quite a few netsuke enthusiasts. You might start by taking a group photo of the pieces and posting them here. Also a couple of photos close up. We can give some idea as to what you have. Signature identification may be one of the last things you want to learn about netsuke. Browse around the Lounge a bit and you will discover much. Do you have any records or knowledge of when and where you mother acquired them? This info would also be useful.
Alan

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Re: Identifying Signed Netsukes

Postby heatherfiore51 » Mon Jan 09, 2017 7:28 pm

Thank you Alan,

I will get busy photographing the Netsukes and posting them with any pertinent info that I have.

Best,
Heather

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Re: Identifying Signed Netsukes

Postby cleming888 » Mon Apr 23, 2018 7:29 pm

Hi Everyone,

I've acquired a lovely carved netsuke of a sleeping beauty and would love to know who the artist is.

It is signed with a "north" character but 2nd character I wasn't able to identify. I feel lucky to have come across this awesome forum of experts!

Thank you so much in advance and happy collecting!

Clem
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Re: Identifying Signed Netsukes

Postby cleming888 » Mon Apr 23, 2018 7:31 pm

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Thank you all!

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Re: Identifying Signed Netsukes

Postby ModTeam » Mon Apr 23, 2018 7:36 pm

Dear Cleming888,

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: Identifying Signed Netsukes

Postby ModTeam » Mon Apr 23, 2018 7:40 pm

Hi Clem,

we are sorry we don't have the best news about your item here ...

To look at the positive side, this piece seems a bit better than the crudely carved NLOs and it has some quite intricate pattern-work, although this seems to be made with dremel-like equipment ?
The subject may be a variation of the 'sleeping Shojo' ?

Please do not hesitate to ask further questions about this and about netsuke.
A warm welcome !
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