On 06 June 2013 at 16:30

How scorn turned to love?…the powerful impact of netsuke.

Mr. Max Rutherston

The point of the ironic title of this lecture is that Rutherston himself was distinctly suspicious of what he perceived as fiddly little carvings in rather bad taste and of little aesthetic merit.  He spent most of his ten years in Japanese art at Sotheby's avoiding netsuke, and it was only when he moved to Sydney Moss, and had to deal with them on a daily basis, that he began to appreciate their true merit and interest. Accordingly the lecture makes the assumption that many potential members of the audience may share his former scepticism about the quality of netsuke. What he hopes to demonstrate is that while there are large numbers of entirely uninteresting netsuke around, once one begins to scratch the surface, a wealth of treasures is revealed beneath in the form of carvings of great skill and beauty, with subjects that range from the humorous, through the macabre and the imaginative to works that are triumphs of naturalist observation and others that even have a spiritual dimension.




MIM (Musee des Instruments de Musique)


On 06 June 2013 at 16:30

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Mr. Max Rutherston

Max Rutherston is a polyglot dealer in Japanese art. In 1992 he was invited by Sotheby's to immerse himself in Japanese art, which he was pleased to do, especially as it permitted him to spen a year studying the Japanese language. He worked in the Japanese Department of Sotheby's London for ten years, the last 5 as head of department, before being persuaded to go and manage the Japanese side of London's oldest surviving Asian art dealer, Sydney L. Moss Ltd. In 2010 he formed his present partnership of Rutherston & Bandini Ltd. For the last 11 years he has specialised in netsuke above all else.