Expressions of Style: Netsuke as Art (Hardcover) | Scholten Japanese Art | September 2001 | ISBN: 0-9713665-0-0
As Scholten Japanese Art’s first exhibition devoted entirely to netsuke, this publication documents a group of outstanding quality and breath appeals to collectors of all tastes. As straightforward as this utilitarian purpose may be, netsuke developed from the simple form of flat circular sections in the 16th and 17th centuries, into a highly developed sculptural art in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Netsuke made from a limited variety of materials including ivory, wood, marine ivory, metal, amber, porcelain are featured.
Illustrations have been enlarged to make details of the netsuke easier to view but attention should be paid to the actual sizes, which are detailed with every description. Photographs of signatures are shown alphabetically as the end of the catalog for ease of reference, together with a glossary of Japanese terms. Book Condition: New and in flawless excellent condition with its original dust jacket and shrink wrap. Dimensions: 9-0” x 11.25”.
Excellent Condition- In unused, or like-unused condition. No visual or structural or surface wear or damage shown. Pristine. As good as the day it was made.
Great Condition- Appears in slightly used condition but looks "Like New". Some minor wear, but retains the original craft/workmanship. May show minor wear, that does not affect the main design, or associated motif. No cracks, dents, chips or missing elements.
Good Condition- Minor wear which can be restored or repaired; may have surface flaws, like staining or soiling, confined to a small area. The flaw(s) are counterbalanced by another feature, like brilliant color or innovative design. Some fading or the piece may have been altered in some fashion.
Fair Condition- Main aesthetic/design showing damage. Excessive noticeable wear or damage. Worth buying if can be restored/repaired because of its aesthetic or design appeal or rarity. Note: wear/damage consistent with age/use can often enhance the 'Antique' qualities of a piece, giving it a desirable second chance in one's collection