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Cologne

Postby Oishii » Mon Jun 06, 2016 10:23 pm

Some pictures of animal netsuke that were on view at VH in Cologne, today.
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Re: Cologne

Postby jbjtennyo » Mon Jun 06, 2016 11:30 pm

Thanks for posting these Jan! I really love the coiled rat, but think it will be too rich for my blood right now. I hope you enjoyed perusing the auction lots! Wish I could have been there too!
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Re: Cologne

Postby jbjtennyo » Wed Jun 08, 2016 11:08 am

Jan, did you hold the silly little frog in the image with the frog on bucket? He is a kind of silly guy, and am wondering what the underneath looked like. Thanks
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Re: Cologne

Postby Oishii » Wed Jun 08, 2016 12:41 pm

jbjtennyo wrote:Jan, did you hold the silly little frog in the image with the frog on bucket? He is a kind of silly guy, and am wondering what the underneath looked like. Thanks

Hi Judy,
the little toad on wooden bucket is cute and small, only 4 cm long.
Yes, upon handling I liked him and his expression put a smile on my face ;-)
On the bottom there is a small crack, not too bad. (condition = B)
Eyes and nails on the bucket are black horn inlaid, but I think there was a greenish shine in his eyes, not sure.
It is signed Masanao underneath.
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Re: Cologne

Postby jbjtennyo » Wed Jun 08, 2016 1:40 pm

Thank you Jan. What about the larger toad that was posted with this Masanao--because it is so uniquely carved on the top-- almost comical, I was wondering what the bottom looked like. Did you see? thanks
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Re: Cologne

Postby jbjtennyo » Wed Jun 08, 2016 1:46 pm

I do like the Masanao toad on bucket as well. The toad is really nice, but what strikes me as possibly different on this one is that the overlapped lip of the front panel of the bucket has carved into it the definition of the wood grain that is represented on the face of it. That is a detail I had not noticed before in others. I am going to have to go back and look at some to see, but what a nice little additional touch!
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Re: Cologne

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Re: Cologne

Postby Oishii » Fri Jun 10, 2016 7:37 am

Yes, agree that there were some good buys, Dave !

First part of the netsuke sale were pieces all coming from an old German collection, which was quite nice and of consistent quality.
It was striking that most of them were sold, only a few were passed.
Whereas from the second part of the sale (from various collections) there were more passed that sold.

Here are some pieces that did really well :
Lot 2344 : Shoki and Oni - Late 18th C - Tokyo-school - wood, 8,2 cm.
Estimate was € 900-1100 ; Sold for 9000
A close up shot from handling :
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Lot 2367 - a nice mellowed ivory piece of a Chinese Sage on horse went for € 5000 - Signed Yoshinaga, 8,3 cm.
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The Big coiled rat - lot 2391 - was expected to do well and it did. It went for € 4000. (estimate was € 1400 - 1800)
It was in perfect condition, maybe a bit too good to be from the first half of the 19th C ?
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One of the most powerful pieces of the sale was the Fish Dragon over waves. Kyoto 18th C.
It sold for € 9000 and tripled its estimate. Holding this made quite an impression.
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One of the masterpieces of the sale, a Large Carp that Frau Klefish showed us at the London Convention went for € 13.000.
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Two extraordinary, lovely manjiu did very well : one Ryusa-manju from walrus-tooth, by Rensai depicting a Shishi, jumping over a peony. The other an Asakusa Kirin piece in stag antler.
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P.S. Judy, the toads went for around € 500 each, quite a good buy.
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Re: Cologne

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Re: Cologne

Postby jbjtennyo » Fri Jun 10, 2016 10:57 am

Thank you for an inside look at the netsuke and also sale prices. I couldn't watch yesterday. Had I, I may have been tempted to bid. My favorite was the coiled rat, but like you, I wondered about the age--just so perfect and unworn.. But I love it. A lovely example of that composition. Some day. I also liked the toad on bucket, and would have went for this is I were there. Hate bidding from afar.
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