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LUBlub
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Postby LUBlub » Wed Jan 25, 2012 10:32 am

Good morning!

Amber is an other material to discover in our collecting world.
Antique pieces are very rare to see, except toggles sometimes, often from Cina.
Otherwise the contemporarys netsukes and artist offer a wide range of
subjects and tipology of Amber.

Someone wish to share his treasures?
Here my contribution.
"Imperial Cat",
8.3 cm H., natural himotoshi
Signed Bishu, contemporary, Tokyo,1943

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Postby chonchon » Wed Jan 25, 2012 10:55 am

A lovely example. 8-)

Judy has some amber pieces.

Where are the natural himotoshi and the signature, BTW?
Piers

Size is something.

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Postby LUBlub » Wed Jan 25, 2012 11:47 am


chonchon wrote:A lovely example. 8-)

Judy has some amber pieces.

Where are the natural himotoshi and the signature, BTW?

Here as per your request.
Have you netskés in amber to show us?

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Postby chonchon » Wed Jan 25, 2012 11:59 am


Bishu, 美州 real name Saito Katsutoshi 斉藤勝利 born in 1943 and lived/worked in Saitama. Most known examples in wood and ivory.

Thank you for the illustrative extra photos. :)

Piers

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Postby OldKappa » Fri Jan 27, 2012 11:04 am

Here you have a quite chunky one 4.2x4.2x2.9cm, mid 19th century.

It represents Shiba Onko and the broken jar story (click on Joly). Unfortunately it is very difficult to photograph in detail.

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Postby LUBlub » Fri Jan 27, 2012 11:49 am


OldKappa wrote:Here you have a quite chunky one 4.2x4.2x2.9cm, mid 19th century.

It represents Shiba Onko and the broken jar story (click on Joly). Unfortunately it is very difficult to photograph in detail.

Bravo Antonio!
as always unusual and like this rare subjects...
best regards!
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Postby OldTurtle » Fri Jan 27, 2012 1:11 pm

A Rabbit (?) or a Goldfish(?) - 5.5 cm



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Postby LUBlub » Fri Jan 27, 2012 2:13 pm


OldTurtle wrote:A Rabbit (?) or a Goldfish(?) - 5.5 cm
Absolutely a rabbit, see the ears very well defined.
On bottom the legs are stilized.
I'm extremely dubtful about the material.
This kind of translucent and full red amber is a museum rarity, in fact is only in Burma where last time was extracted in the 1950's.
You have to test to know if it is or not: hot needle or immerge in hot water.
Please I ask reinforce to our friend expert in material.
For a Gold fish see my next post.



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Postby LUBlub » Fri Jan 27, 2012 2:25 pm

This a carpa...I call Gold fish due the quality of amber.

The LUB Collection
Subject: Carpa ang gourd
Material: Amber with inlaid pupils unimatsu
Size: 4.3 cm L.
Signed: Akihide, contemporaray (1934, Tokyo area)

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Postby LUBlub » Fri Jan 27, 2012 2:39 pm

OldTurtle wrote:
lub41 wrote:

I'm extremely dubtful about the material.



Sorry, but it is red amber.


You are very fortunate!
Did you made some tests? which one?
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