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Netsuke Familiar and Unfamiliar: New Principles for Collecting [Hardcover]

Raymond Bushell
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  • Hardcover: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Weatherhill Inc; Reprint edition (1 Jan 1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0834801159
  • ISBN-13: 978-0834801158
  • Product Dimensions: 26.6 x 20.1 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,084,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Provides ideas and insights covering the many areas of netsuke. This book is illustrated with photographs from over 50 netsuke collections.

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Raymond Bushell is an acknowledged expert on netsuke and has authored may books that all warrent attention. 'Netsuke, Familiar and Unfamiliar : New Principles for Collecting' is a easy to read and clear introduction to the world of the netsuke for the newcomer as well as a useful reference source for those with established collections. Particually usefull is the emphasis on the various types and styles of netsuke as well as the practical and common sense approach to collecting that de-emphasises the need for a signiture and emphasises the pure apprectiation of each netsuke as a unique piece of art.
Re-assuringly this book de-mystifies collecting netsuke and allows the discerning reader to develop an appreciation of the development of netsuke through the last few hundred years. The only issue not dealt with in any detail that would be useful is that of being able to spot modern copies and the fakes that are frequently encountered masquerading as antiques - however do not let this put you off; an excellent book, beautiful pictures and well worth the money.
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By Helen R
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This is not a glossy coffee table book, though there are some beautiful photos, it is a serious work that examines Netsuke and their history. Quite a scholarly work packed with information about how the collecting of Netsuke and other Japanese miniature carving could develop in the future - given the fact that the existing very finest works are already owned and held in private collections and therefore there is little trading of Netsuke, except presumably privately among the incredibly wealthy, and most pieces are unavailable to the individual collector. The purpose of the book is really to create a new philosophy surrounding the collection of high quality Japanese carvings for the serious collector who is not a multi millionaire.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A "must have" reference for netsuke collectors 17 July 2000
By Harry McKeithen - Published on
Lavishly illustrated with color photographs of 790 netsuke (plus black and white photos of signatures) with explanatory text and organized into 45 brilliantly conceived categories. In the body of the text (new principles for collecting) Mr. Bushell fully displays the erudition one would expect from such a formidable collector but manages to do so in a way that is easy to grasp and immensely entertaining. Bravo, Mr. Bushell !
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4.0 out of 5 stars Netsuke, Familiar and Unfamiliar: New Principles for Collecting 11 Jan 2007
By Natalia Popova - Published on
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There are many good thoughts for all, carvers, sellers, deallers, collectors.
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