Netsuke, Familiar and Unfamiliar: New Principles for Collecting (Hardcover) by Raymond Bushell
Netsuke, Familiar and Unfamiliar: New Principles for Collecting (Hardcover) by Raymond Bushell
Netsuke, Familiar and Unfamiliar: New Principles for Collecting (Hardcover) by Raymond Bushell

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New Old Stock from Discontinued Book Shop 2 Copies Available. 20% off second copy New but due to its age, there will be faint page yellowing and abrasion. Not for fussy buyers. Author Raymond Bushell (1910 - 1998) Famous Collector of Japanese Art and an Authority on the miniature sculptures called Netsuke. While living and practicing law in Tokyo from 1948 to 1989, Mr. Bushell acquired thousands of examples of netsuke (pronounced NETS-u-keh), objects made as toggles on the strings of purses worn suspended from kimono sashes by Japanese men. Intricately carved in ivory or wood, in the forms of people, birds or animals, netsuke stopped being used in the 20th century, after Western dress was adopted in Japan. As collector's items they were valued more highly by Westerners than by the Japanese. In 1979 Mr. Bushell put 500 of his netsukes on display in a private gallery in Tokyo. The show, carefully installed to highlight the work's sculptural qualities, did much to boost interest in these objects within Japan. Because they often depict legends and religious scenes, netsuke are now studied by art historians as a source of information about cultural life in 18th- and 19th-century Japan. A Self-taught Scholar and Connoisseur (he did not speak Japanese), Mr. Bushell wrote seven books on netsuke that are considered benchmark works on the subject; ''Netsuke Familiar and Unfamiliar,'' was translated into Japanese! In the 1980s he donated 650 netsuke to the Los Angeles County Museum. The collection is on continuous, rotating display in the Raymond and Frances Bushell Netsuke Gallery, which he endowed, in the museum's Pavilion for Japanese Art. (New York Times) Hardcover: 259 pages Publisher: Weatherhill (August 1, 1999) Language: English ISBN-10: 0834801159 ISBN-13: 978-0834801158 Product Dimensions: 1 x 8 x 10.5 inches


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