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Re: Favorite Finds of 2017

Posted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 10:15 pm
by KPR
In conclusion
Probably the last find in 2017.

I bought this Netsuke on Saturday the 30th of December 2017 at 4 pm in an auction in Germany.

A wasp nest with two wasps. Signed TAMETAKA. I have already seen three Netsuke with this motif by Tametaka.
But this is the only lacquered Tametaka I know.
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Re: Favorite Finds of 2017

Posted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:20 pm
by jbjtennyo
That is a uniquely beautiful netsuke, Klaus! I have never seen that surface treatment before, and love the color variations in the nest itself. Is there any documentation that you can find regarding lacquering by Tametaka at all? Do you think it might have been an experimental piece? Sometimes artists just feel a need to try a different approach. What are your thoughts on it? Just fantastic, really!

Re: Favorite Finds of 2017

Posted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 12:57 am
by chonchon
Yes, Judy, allow me to agree with you.

Of course it is possible that someone else took it upon themself to lacquer it, in homage and to preserve it. That we will probably never know though, unless the style of lacquer usage is particularly unique and recognizable. In the meantime we file away the notion that Tametaka might have experimented with lacquer.

Klaus might just have sealed the deal on 2017! 8-)

Re: Favorite Finds of 2017

Posted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 7:58 am
by KPR
The Netsuke arrived yesterday and I am particularly excited about the lacquering.

In the catalog "Eccentrics in Netsuke" by Paul Moss the number 51 shows a very similar piece, but without lacquering.
I can not imagine that one could produce my piece by a subsequent over-laquering of the Moss piece. Many subtleties were lost.
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Maybe Tametaka experimented with lacque. See remark in MCI.

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Re: Favorite Finds of 2017

Posted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:59 am
by chonchon
Many subleties would be lost? Either way, congratulations on your fine Tametaka Netsuke Klaus. I can easily believe he did experiment.

Once upon a time I had a finely-carved Okame/Ofuku face mask signed Tame 為, and I always wondered which carver's hand it was.

Re: Favorite Finds of 2017

Posted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 1:52 pm
by souldeep
KPR wrote:In conclusion
Probably the last find in 2017.

I bought this Netsuke on Saturday the 30th of December 2017 at 4 pm in an auction in Germany.

A wasp nest with two wasps. Signed TAMETAKA. I have already seen three Netsuke with this motif by Tametaka.
But this is the only lacquered Tametaka I know.

What a way to bag an end to 2017! An important work. Congratulations :lust:

Re: Favorite Finds of 2017

Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:21 pm
by KPR
Addendum after weight determination.
At this netsuke Tametaka used a particularly light and therefore soft wood (hinoki?) In contrast to the woods he used otherwise.
Consequently, it was intended at the beginning to hardening it by lacquer/paint.
Therefore one can conclude that ......

Re: Favorite Finds of 2017

Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 6:37 pm
by Clive
Yes.. that he carved and then lacquered it.
As an interesting aside.. although I have found no documented evidence to support the notion, I have discovered though experimentation by painting lacquer on woods of different density, that when the foundation coats are absorbed more into the wood, as they are with some of the softer woods, that it creates a much stronger and stable lacquered surface.