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A Series of Articles by John Neville Cohen

 

A keen collector of very specialised Asian antiques (as published by various Internet newsletters etc.)

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Chinese Snuff Bottles Asian Antiques Japanese Lacquer

Heavy Stones that Really Float!

 

Sensations in Glass

 

Collecting Magical Stone Snuff Bottles

 

Amazing Pictures from Natural Flaws or Inclusions Found in Stones!

 

Collecting & Bribery

 

Inside painted Snuff Bottles

 

Chains Carved Out of a Single Piece of Jade Rock - Chinese Jade Chain Vases

 

Some of the Wealthiest Chinese are now Investing in 18th Century Jade!

 

Asian Antiques & The Economic Crisis

 

Finding the Best Bargains of All, Can Be So Surprising!

 

Buying Antiques in Auctions or From Dealers

 

Collecting Only Unique Chinese Antiques

 

Collecting and Buying Values

 

Netsuke Cord Holes (Himotoshi)

 

Sprinkled, Not Painted Pictures - Japanese Lacquer

 

Japanese Lacquer Inro & Boxes

 

Netsuke, Ojime and Inro Really Belong Together

 

Keeping and Handling Japanese Inro

 


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Summaries of The Series of Articles

 

 

Japanese Netsuke and Lacquer

 

Sprinkled, Not Painted Pictures - Japanese Lacquer  (1,532 words*)
Explains what lacquer is, and how lacquer articles were made and copied from the Chinese.  Particularly about the later 18th and early 19th century techniques created only by the Japanese, when they became the unrivalled masters of the art!  They created incredible works where pictures were formed by pouring and sprinkling fine gold particles of various grades and pigments on to the wet lacquer.  This article describes fully these various techniques.
Lacquer sprinkled, not painted pictures



The Fascination of Japanese Lacquer Inro and Boxes 
(2,411 words*)
Explaining what inro are, why and how they were made, how they were worn and used, with some useful tips on the correct way of handling inro.  Boxes are dealt with in a similar way.  Describing the choice of subject matter, the famous schools of lacquer artists, where works by the master Zeshin can be seen, and the questions that arise over the signatures.
The fascination of inro & boxes

 

Netsuke, Ojime and Inro Really Belong Together  
(519 words*)

Explaining a little about what netsuke, inro and ojime are, also how they were used, and the fact that although these antiques are often collected separately they really belong to be together.
Netsuke, ojime & inro really belong together

 

Keeping and Handling Japanese Inro  (311 words*)
Describes how to care for, handle and pick up inro in order to avoid the most common ways of damaging the lacquer.  Most important information for inexperienced collectors.
Keeping and handling Japanese inro



Netsuke Cord Holes (Himotoshi) 
(431 words*)
About inspecting antique netsuke, detailing the reason for different sized netsuke cord holes and how they should be positioned.  This can be one way of recognising a poor quality modern netsuke.
Netsuke cord holes (himotoshi)

 

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The author has been a keen Asian antique collector for many years helping to create ‘The Cohen Collection’.  To see more of his articles please use the following link: - http://www.jncohen.net/antiques/articles.htm   


John Neville Cohen's homepage: - http://www.jncohen.net  

 

 


Chinese Snuff Bottles

 

Collecting Magical Stone Snuff Bottles  (2,623 words*)
Some personal thoughts on collecting in general, and the possibilities in collecting Snuff Bottles.  How to avoid the normal mistakes made by most new collectors.  Describing how stone bottles were made, the ingenious way the Chinese made use of flaws to create pictures and how to evaluate them.  Also about John Cohen's first snuff bottle purchase.
Magical Stone snuff bottles



Sensations in Glass! Chinese Snuff Bottles 
(1,668 words*)
How and why they decided to buy glass snuff bottles.  Detailing the amazing different types, explaining the manufacturing techniques, and how to assess them.  Dealing with:- 'Overlay Glass', 'Imperial Yellow', 'The Seal School' and 'Inside Painted' snuff bottles.  The incredible glass imitations of other materials and how to recognise them.  Some thoughts on how he values them.
Sensations in glass



Chinese Snuff Bottles - Collecting and Bribery 
(1,587words*)
All the finest of Chinese art forms can be found in the form of snuff bottles.  Details about collecting stone bottles and assessing works with no signatures.  Tips on what to look out for when buying.  Relates to the largest collection formed in China by Chien-Lung's corrupt Prime minister, who was the wealthiest man in the world.  The collecting craze and how bottles have been used for bribes.
Collecting & bribery

 

Heavy Stones that Really Float!  Chinese Snuff Bottles  (605 words*)
All about antique hard stone Chinese snuff bottles that are described as well hollowed out and the most amazing stone snuff bottles that are so wonderfully hollowed out, that they will float in water.  Valuable guidance for potential collectors of snuff bottles.
Heavy stones that really float!

 

Collecting Only Unique Chinese Antiques – the What, How and Why.  (956 words*)
About collecting unique antique Chinese snuff bottles, pendants and jade carvings.  Explaining in what way these are so unique and why the author did not only collect snuff bottles.  Some useful thoughts for fellow collectors.
Collecting only unique Chinese antiques   

Amazing Pictures From Natural Flaws or Inclusions Found in Stones!  (884 words*)
How amazing pictures have been formed from natural flaws or inclusions discovered in the stones, used by the brilliant carvers of antique Chinese stone snuff bottles.
Amazing pictures from natural flaws

 

Inside Painted Chinese Snuff Bottles  (263 words*)
Describes these extraordinary Chinese works of art and what aspects of inside painted snuff bottles intrigue the author (a snuff bottle collector) most.
Inside Painted Chinese Snuff Bottles

 

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The author has been a keen Asian antique collector for many years helping to create ‘The Cohen Collection’.  To see more of his articles please use the following link: - http://www.jncohen.net/antiques/articles.htm   


John Neville Cohen's homepage: - http://www.jncohen.net  

 

 


Asian Antiques

 

Chains Carved Out of a Single Piece of Jade Rock - Chinese Jade Chain Vases 
(502 words*)

About the incredible skills in carving Chinese jade vases with covers connected by a chain, where everything has been carved out of just one stone! 
Chains Carved Out of a Single Piece of Jade Rock - Jade Chain Vases

 

Some of the Wealthiest Chinese are now Investing in 18th Century Jade! (787 words*)
Certain antique jade prices have broken records because some of the wealthiest Chinese are now investing in 18th Century Jade, as against being collectors.  They have introduced a new set of values that are hard for the older collectors to appreciate.
Some of the Wealthiest Chinese are now Investing in 18th Century Jade!

 

Asian Antiques & The Economic Crisis (507 words*)
Asian antiques are still breaking records in the auction rooms, despite the current economic crisis, also explaining why this is, as well as providing guidance for new collectors.  
Asian Antiques & The Economic Crisis

 

Finding The Best Bargains of All, Can Be So Surprising  (678 words*)
The author after many years experience, in buying rather specialised antiques, has found to his surprise that the very best bargains turned out not to be the ones he bought as such.  But maybe there is a useful lesson to learn here for fellow collectors.
Finding the best bargains of all

 

How Best to Begin Buying Antiques in Auction or From Dealers  (917 words*)
Some personal guidance on how to begin buying antiques from dealers, or in the auction room, as a collector.  Some valuable insights not generally known, that will equally apply to all types of antique collecting.
Buying antiques in auctions or from dealers

 

Collecting and Buying Values  (2,611 words*)
Describes how, why, and what they collect.  How the author relates values, by comparing craftsmanship and comparative prices between the subjects of interest to him.  Plus information on how best to buy at auction and from the dealers.
Collecting and buying values

 

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The author has been a keen Asian antique collector for many years helping to create ‘The Cohen Collection’.  To see more of his articles please use the following link: - http://www.jncohen.net/antiques/articles.htm   


John Neville Cohen's homepage: - http://www.jncohen.net  

 

 


The Cohen Collection

 

John's late father George was a well known netsuke & inro collector and his book 'In Search of Netsuke & Inro' is a much sought after publication (published in 1973 and very rare, is now available on the Internet 'In Search of Netsuke & Inro').  John has followed in his father's footsteps, together with his wife, they have been very keen collectors for over 35 years.  

They owned a unique collection of Jensen classic cars of the early 60's and John used a special CV8 Jensen every day for over 30 years!  But John's father certainly influenced him in favouring and appreciating the Asian arts, his father, a great connoisseur of netsuke and inro (amongst other antiques) and John grew up sharing his passion.  As a family they have always been interested in good quality antiques but have specialised in collecting:- Japanese netsuke, lacquer inro and boxes, Chinese snuff bottles, Chinese jade and hard-stone carvings and more recently (but for over 30 years now), Chinese pendants.

Over such a long period they could not fail to acquire a good deal of knowledge and experience in these subjects, that is one of the great advantages of specialising!  John gained so much from handling and discussing pieces, with his father, through out luckily so many years.

John has written these articles with the hope of introducing readers to a fascinating pastime as well as providing some useful information to any 'would be' collectors of these most beautiful works of art.

The common denominator of all the things, they collect, is their appreciation of what can only be described as brilliant craftsmanship.  'The Cohen Collection' is internationally well known in the Asian antique market.

Most of the material, and there certainly is plenty, published on these subjects tends to be aimed at either informed collectors, or at the complete novice.  The former presume knowledge is required at great depth, whilst the latter simply describes what can be found in a very basic way.  John provides in this series of articles something between the two.

His personal views include some valuable advice that should help protect readers from making poor quality purchases.  First time buyers are so often unaware of the considerations most collectors only acquire over the years.  Although informative these articles make for light reading, the enthusiasm and love of the subject really shines through! 

 



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How and Why to Buy Art, Even if You Are Super Rich!

 

What is Special About the Amazing Art of John Neville Cohen

 

How to Choose a Really Large Limited Edition Print.

 

Interesting New Possibilities for Art Consultants and Interior Designers

 

An Amazing and Unique Kodachrome Transparency

 

The Magical Magic Lantern and Painting with Light

 

'A unique and little known way of 'Painting With Light'

 

The Magic Lantern
Pure Photographic 'Special Effects' without a Computer or a Darkroom!

 

 


Photography

 

How and Why to Buy Art, Even if You Are Super Rich!  (674 words*)
So you are very wealthy, top experts have been paid to create everything for you, but how should you buy your art?  Some revealing and useful thoughts.
How and Why to Buy Art, Even if You Are Super Rich!

 

What is Special About the Amazing Art by John Neville Cohen?  (1006 words*)
All about what has been said about my rather unique approach to photography and my invented pure photographic technique, that enabled me to win top International awards and have one-man exhibitions of my art. (This is written in the third person, because I have compiled this from a number of previously published sources, so everything on this page has been written, or said, by someone else, but I did not want to include even more quotations, than I have already). 
What is Special About the Amazing Art of John Neville Cohen

 

How to Choose a Really Large Limited Edition Print.  (617 words*)
Does size really matter? The answer has to be yes. In the current vogue for large spaces with the minimalism of clutter, rather than have a collection of pictures, just one single large picture is preferable. But how do you choose it!
How to Choose a Really Large Limited Edition Print.

 

Interesting New Possibilities for Art Consultants and Interior Designers (434 words*)
About beautiful pictures, that not only make quite a statement, but that can now be created as original pictures to work with any colour scheme or décor.  
Interesting New Possibilities for Art Consultants and Interior Designers

 

An Amazing and Unique Kodachrome Transparency (383 words*)
About the first ever picture taken on Kodachrome (transparency film) that included both a negative of a tulip and a positive image of a girl's portrait, all on the same emulsion!
An Amazing and Unique Kodachrome Transparency

 

The Magical Magic Lantern and Painting with Light (486 words*)
John has found that the projector really lives up to its earlier known name - 'the magic lantern', as what can be done with projectors for photographers really is magical! 

The Magical Magic Lantern and Painting with Light

 

A Unique and Little Known Way of ‘Painting With Light’ (593 words*)
John Cohen’s invented technique is based on using projected images that are not always projected on to a screen.
'A Unique and Little Known Way of 'Painting With Light'

 

'The Magic Lantern'  (3,036 words*) 
A 'how to do it' article where the 'special effects' secrets are revealed.  These pure photographic techniques were created by this international award winning photographer without any computer, darkroom, or expensive equipment!  Once described anyone can do it!  
The magic lantern

 

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John Neville Cohen: An artist and top international award winning photographer, who also became a well known Asian antiques collector (helping to create ‘The Cohen Collection’) and an enthusiast of Jensen British Classic Cars.  

Please have a look at: - http://www.jncohen.net   

For a more detailed version of this article with all the plates please visit: - http://www.jncohen.net/Photo-magic/index.htm  

To see other articles, with photographs, please use the following link:   http://www.jncohen.net/antiques/articles.htm   

 

 

Classic Cars


A Rare, British, Super Classic Car . . . Surprisingly Undervalued!

 

Spare Wheels Are So Inconveniently Stored In Modern Cars!

 

 


Classic Cars

 

A Rare, British, Super Classic Car . . . Surprisingly Undervalued!  (1480 words*)
Lots of details and information about the rare Jensen 541S manual drive car that suffered from the poor reputation of the rather slow automatic 541S version.
Jensen 541S

 

Spare Wheels Are So Inconveniently Stored In Modern Cars! (479 words*)
Spare Wheels


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The author owned a collection of Jensen 541S classic cars, winning a number awards with his cars, an enthusiastic member of The Jensen Owners Club for many years. To view the photographs that relate to this article please use the following link: - http://www.jncohen.net/Jensen/article.htm  

He has also been a very keen collector for many years in helping to create ‘The Cohen Collection’ and he also provides a 'how to' article on photographic special effects please see  http://www.jncohen.net

To see other articles, with photographs, please use the following link:   http://www.jncohen.net/antiques/articles.htm   

 

 

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Articles for New Collectors
 

(Author John Neville Cohen) Invaluable help for collectors of Asian antiques. How to buy and avoid the most common mistakes, when buying antiques, particularly netsuke, inro, snuff bottles and jade.

The Cohen Collection  
Asian antiques (645 colour photos of fine Japanese and Chinese antique; netsuke, inro, ojime, snuff bottles, pendants & jade carvings) all fully described by renowned experts Neil K. Davey + Robert Hall. An essential reference work for the serious collector that is beautiful and very easy to use.

Joseph Cohen & The History of Jacey Cinemas 
Information on our family business created by my Grandfather Joseph Cohen.

British Classic Jensen Cars  

(Author John Neville Cohen) Very informative about the rare Jensen 541S & CV8 sports cars, particularly about the little known superb Jensen 541S manual drive, a classic car with lots of photos.

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A 'Special Effects' Course  
(Author John Neville Cohen) Amazing to see what can be done in pure  photography without any expensive equipment, computer, or darkroom.  All is achieved with a projector - the magical 'Magic Lantern'.  All details of this extraordinary technique is clearly explained and all for free!

Poetic Portfolio  
Fascinating photographic exhibition of 'The Magic Lantern' award winning 'special effect' photographs by John Neville Cohen.

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