I recently posted some tourist trade and/or resin netsuke figurines and thought it would be helpful to let you know how I know that they are not the genuine article.
- I looked for a signature. According to the INS website, almost ALL fakes are signed. Yep, each has a signature.
- I looked for evidence of painted on features and rings around the holes. Check!
- I looked for gouged or rough carving, lack of incised lines. Yes, compared to photos of quality netsuke, these are less detailed.
- I looked at the base and laid it on a flat surface. The bottom was flat and it stood perfectly. This is a typical characteristic of a copy or fake.
- I rubbed it against my hand until the material was warmed slightly and smelled it. It smelled like plastic. Aha! a resin copy!
Do I feel bad about posting these on eBay? No. I truthfully stated in my description that these were likely tourist trade and faux boxwood items. And my asking price is suitably low.
Source: International Netsuke Society