François Gonse, Netsukimono : le Japon côté nature, Somogy éditions d’art, Paris, Conservation départementale des Musées de la Meuse, Conseil général de la Meuse, Bar-le-Duc, 2005. ISBN : 978-2-85056-878-7, 18 €.


This work was published to mark the Netsukimono: le Japon côté nature exhibition, hosted by Commercy’s Ceramic and Ivory Museum from 1 May to 25 September 2005.

Japan has always been of great fascination to the West. It was this trend for all things Japanese, kickstarted by Japan opening up to the rest of the world in 1868, that saw Dr Guillaume Boyer hooked when he embarked on his collection of Asian ivories. This collection, mainly comprising Japanese netsuke and okimono, was bequeathed in 1909 to the town of Commercy. This book invites readers to discover Japanese nature, living nature from the Edo era (1603-1868), through these real and imaginary animals made of wood, ivory and metal.