As plastic copies of what collectors term "okimono
" (literally "placed" objects in a Japanese home), each has a value, but it ain't a lot, which is fine if funds are limited.
The object is a jizai okimono
('freely moving decorative object'); the insect's articulated limbs can move independently of each other.
One of the pieces, a well-carved Japanese Meiji period ivory Okimono
of a man opening a treasure chest, sold for PS1,900!
Watson also saddled two seconds, ridden by Pat Dobbs but the duo were not to denied a victory and the very promising Okimono
made it two wins from two Jebel Ali visits when landing the 1200m handicap.
Since ivory okimono
is carved in its entirety, it is exempt from control.
skull and snake, 1914, Izumi Sukeyuki (1838-1920), wood, horn, gold flake and silver, 10x 10x 15cm.
However, the outstanding performance of the day, and perhaps the season, was delivered by former champion trainer Doug Watson, who saddled Okimono
to win the Al Shafar Investment LLC Maiden.
is a Japanese term meaning "standing ornament for display" and remains a vital element of everyday life and art in a Japanese household.
IVORY: an Okimono
Today Netsuke carving is not limited to the Japanese as talented carvers can also be found in the United States, Africa, New Zealand, Germany and England.
Other Oriental specialists such as Amelie Caswell will have for sale those highly desirable toggles known as Netsuke, as well as the larger carved Okimono
Other familiar names are Amelie Caswell, with stunning examples of netsuke - the highly carved and collectable toggles associated with traditional Japanese dress and the larger Okimono
, Cathy Turner of Art Nouveau Originals, who will bring a broad selection of items from the Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau and Deco periods - including enamelled jewellery, and Francis Antiques based in Surrey who will offer a delightful Christmas mix of 19th Century furniture complemented with a wide range of decorative and interesting antiques.
This much exhibited, exceptionally large (at 11.5 cm high) and powerfully rendered wooden group--it is a netsuke or is it an okimono
?--signed by Hokkyo Shima Sessai, was last seen at auction when it was sold from the W.L.