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My first netsuke

schmoozer
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Postby schmoozer » Tue Apr 24, 2007 2:07 am

This came from my mother-in-law, who passed away in 2002. She inherited roughly 15 (I think) from her father in approximately 1999. All were sold at Christie's in New York, sometime in 1999 or 2000, except this one. (I think the total from Christie's was around $30,000 if my memory serves me right.)

Anyway, this has been sitting in her type tray for the past 5 years, and I have always loved it. I have no idea as to material, a translucent ruby red. Most likely plastic?

No signature on it but is has a certain air about it that fascinates me.

Comments are welcome....

I have seen many in antique shops but have resisted to date. I always buy the book first and study before getting into a new field, so if there is a good beginner's reference book that I can get, please let me know.

And if anyone ever wants to talk marbles....shoot me a note.
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chonchon
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Postby chonchon » Tue Apr 24, 2007 3:28 am

Hi there Schmoozer, ... welcome to the site. :)

Your dragon embracing a bronze Buddhist temple "Do-taku" bell is likely made out of pine resin. I happened on some Netsukes made of this the other day and thinking it might be amber of some kind asked my friend who knows most everything. "Nope, Matsu Yani (pine resin)", he says. "Some people love the stuff!"

As to the value, I have no idea, but kind of fun to play with, I should imagine.

Hoping this helps the ball roll...


Piers

Size is something.

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Postby schmoozer » Tue Apr 24, 2007 2:36 pm

That is one material I would never have even thought about. It does have a softness about it that didn't really say plastic but I have been fooled so many times on material I always think the lowest and hope to get surprised.

Is it dyed red or is it a natural color? The only pine resin i've ever seen has always been amber-colored.

Thanks!!!

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Postby chonchon » Tue Apr 24, 2007 2:54 pm

I don't want to get in too deep here as it's hearsay, but what my friend was saying was that the red pine sap is considered the best. But knowing the way coral is dyed, I would not be surprised.

I ran a search with a Japanese engine and got thousands of pages about Matsu Yani, (or Rosin for violins!)
[url=http://image-search.yahoo.co.jp/search?ei=UTF-8&p=%e6%9d%be%e8%84%82&b=17:1xo4snnk]http://image-search.yahoo.co.jp/search?ei=UTF-8&p=%e6%9d%be%e8%84%82&b=17[/url:1xo4snnk]
including a few reddish ones like this:
[url=http://www.sarasate.net/accessory/matuyani.html:1xo4snnk]http://www.sarasate.net/accessory/matuyani.html[/url:1xo4snnk]

Piers

Size is something.

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Postby schmoozer » Fri Apr 27, 2007 2:29 am

Regardless of rarity or value, it is a great piece to me.

I greatly appreciate your information and effort to find out more about pine resin.

As an FYI, I was talking to my wife and she said the nesuke sale was through Southby's and not Christies. Her Dad has been married 8 times now, so I lose track of who, what, when, or where...

regards,

Brad

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Postby schmoozer » Fri Apr 27, 2007 2:49 am

I just found this site referencing dragon's blood resin...
[url=http://www.exquisitecrystals.com/Resins.shtml:2p6s2qtq]http://www.exquisitecrystals.com/Resins.shtml[/url:2p6s2qtq]



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