Monkey Gymnasts Posing for Totem Pole
This is a great Netsuke. We have consultants here in the collectables lane who help us when we can't find any information within our manuals or online resources to help us provide you with accurate dates of carving. Luckily these days the big carving operators provide the names of their onsite artisans. The carvings sold from these venues look as good as their older brethren. We like the honesty these vendors display, but the only way it helps us and you is that their prices are higher than ours, though our Netsukes are older, thus more valuable to collectors. We know all of the ones we inherited are over twenty five years of age, but the ones we collected ourselves we just don't know. But our consultants also occasionally sell boxwood Netsukes, including antiques over a hundred years old. They've had their shops for many years and are seasoned in this area in a way we are not. Hopefully one day we will be: Give us ten years.
Folks from two different shops place this little bunch of monkeys at between twenty and thirty years old. We picked these folks based on the fact that even if they are holding the piece, carefully inspecting it, and have had experience with a close match, they are still unwilling to be more precise than a ten year window allows.
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