Publishing 'The Cohen
Trudy and John have been collectors for many years, but
it was John's father who originally influenced him, a knowledgeable, keen and very astute
collector, many collectors who know of, or own, his father's publication 'In Search of Netsuke & Inro'
George Cohen will understand the enthusiasm. This lovely book is now out of print
and when a second hand one, in good condition, is found the price is likely to be £80.00
or more. John & Trudy decided they would like to publish their own collection,
and to also include 20 netsuke & inro that George Cohen has kept back, after selling
the main part of his collection. There are also a number of netsuke, inro and boxes
that were purchased by John & Trudy that have not been published before.
cost of publishing a CD-ROM, plus the interactive advantages, tempted them to
Now they have also published together with
'The Cohen Collection', the entire 'In
Search of Netsuke & Inro' book.
With a Forward by Douglas J. K. Wright
This collection has
since been split up and distributed to various family members and
some of the collection has subsequently been sold.
We are able to create such publications for any collectors, or dealers, providing the
photographs and information required is supplied. We are able to enhance and improve
photographs, for the digital medium, but must have good quality images to start
with. Should anyone be interested to know more just send an email to John.
The Cohen Collection
This interactive, reference work, of what was an exceptional
collection has been a pleasure to create. Consisting of a total of 305
Chinese and Japanese works of art that includes - 57 netsuke (with a
collection of zodiac signs both in wood and ivory), 32 superb inro & 19
lacquer boxes, 82 snuff bottles, 74 pendants, 25 Jade & hardstone
carvings. Plus some fine miscellaneous works of art that include
a really superb ivory Okimono of Kinko, lacquer ceremonial dagger and combs,
an ivory fan, and even a finely carved ostrich egg.
Neil K. Davey and Robert Hall, the worlds leading experts, have provided
introductions and detailed descriptions (with interesting and important new
reference notes) on the subject matter, workmanship, and the artists. Together with the 645 colour photographs (including close-ups of signatures
and seals) that make this an easy to use, fascinating, and beautiful way of
sharing such works of art. There are also articles by Clare Chu,
Michael Dean, Roger Keverne and Richard Marchant.
Many of these antiques have never been published before and this reference
study is likely to prove invaluable to any serious collector. There
are few publications that include such specialised Chinese & Japanese
antiques but it is surprising how well these small personal handling pieces
compliment each other. To quote from Neil K. Davey's introduction
"All of the small pieces within the collection are highly personal
whether worn, handled, or made purely for use. The quality of work,
subject to such very close inspection, rather than for display had, of
necessity, to be the finest possible."
Originally designed as a CD-Rom, but now it is available as a website so
that anyone, even those with hardly any computer skills, is immediately able
to use it. There are certain advantages in this digital form of
publication, the search facility is very fast, and any part can be printed
out, or copied, at the touch of a button. If it had been published as a
book with so
many photographs, it would have been very expensive to produce and would have been huge and far too heavy!
The photography is very professional and
providing it is viewed at 1024 x 728 resolution (in other words on not too small a screen)
the definition is all one could possibly wish for.