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By Charlotte Gerlings

ISBN-10: 0572031610

ISBN-13: 9780572031619

From Fra Angelico to Francisco Zurbaran, from the masters of the Renaissance to the summary expressionists, this lavishly illustrated quantity showcases the main influential Western artists from 800 years of paintings background, including:

• Michelangelo
• Salvador Dali
• Mary Cassatt
• Edgar Degas
• Pablo Picasso

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There are many collectors who, even after amassing a comprehensive col­ lection, don't seem to want to part with these occasional forgeries, but keep them as an example of something to be avoided. The young collector, however, is advised to buy one or several good netsuke from an expert in the field in order to have a measure for his future buys. reproduction fails to conceal its artificial origin. Comparison between a reproduction and an original ivory netsuke: The lower illustrations clearly demonstrate the difference between the cord holes of a reproduction (left) and an original (right).

Since the old wood netsuke were carved with great refinement, the copier avoided the material. These conscious forgeries bear no relationship whatso­ ever to the modern quality work in traditional style. Such valuable new pieces are usually signed by the artist with his own name. The layman soon learns to recognize repro­ ductions, after a little experience with their shortcomings. The loss of the old artisan virtuosity led to a search for new possibilities. Besides the crudely carved imitations, netsuke today are fashioned in synthetic materials re­ sembling ivory.

Bather rubbing his back with a towel. In his treatment of the surface, the netsukeshi, or netsuki carver, under­ stood how to create various effects in his material. The skin of the bather looks wet, whereas the wood of the tub retains its natural value. 34 Bamboo netsuke: shishi (lion) with brocade-patterned ball. Unlike most bamboo carvings, this is an exceptionally finely cut piece. The tail, worked onto the body in three parts, creates three holes for the cord, so that no special himotoshi or cord hole had to be carved.

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