Collection: February 2021 - Catalogue

The past 12 months have been very difficult for us all, but it’s starting to feel like the good news is outweighing the bad, with regular announcements of new approvals for vaccines. Hopefully it won’t be much longer before we are able to meet and enjoy each other’s company once again. I’ve put my time in lockdown to good use and produced this catalogue for your enjoyment.

I’m excited to be able to offer for sale a collection of 33 inro and netsuke that are contained within the following pages. The main body of the inro come from a single collection, formed in Europe and marked with, “Private European collection”, at the foot of each description. The rest of the catalogue contains pieces from my own stock, mostly assembled over the past six months, it’s been great fun discovering them.

From the netsuke it is hard to choose a favourite as I’ve enjoyed them all in their own way, however number 22, Children at Play, has spent the most time in my hands. It makes me smile and reminds me of my own boys’ hijinks. From the inro my favourite is number 1, it is quite unique and the subject has me well and truly confused. It’s one I don’t think I’ll stop trying to discover more about even after it has moved on to its new home.

I hope that you enjoy viewing the pieces within and also the new style layout.

Warm regards

Robert Willford


3 products
  • Netsuke - Gama Sennin
  • Netsuke - Toad on a Sandal
  • Netsuke - Seated Tiger