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Elisabethan's loves325 of 5606Loetz Blue Metallin Optisch Jardiniere, PN II-3402, ca. 1905John Lotton Vase
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    Posted 10 months ago

    kwqd
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    This little wooden cat is about 6" long x 2.5" high. I bought it along with a nice tea set from someone who is selling some things from a friend's grandparents who lived in Japan in the 1960s and 1970s. This was in a box of stuff marked "Japan", so they thought it must be Japanese. Indeed, I later found another one of these also identified as from Japan. It even had the same coating and green pads on the bottom. Not sure if this was a popular item in Japan in the 1960s-1970s, or what. I love cats, though, and this is a nice piece...... No CW "wood carving" category?

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    Comments

    1. LaurenRedmond LaurenRedmond, 10 months ago
      Huh...looks a little like a fennec fox too?! I really like it, he's in such a lovely restful pose
    2. Newfld Newfld, 10 months ago
      Fabulous sleeping cat, a very talented wood carver made this
    3. kwqd kwqd, 10 months ago
      @LaurenRedmond - Thanks for your comment! It does, doesn't it! The Fennec Fox is native to north Africa, so probably only seen is zoos in Japan... Do they have zoos in Japan?!

      @Newfld - Thanks Jenni! He/she took really conscious advantage of the wood grain...

      Thanks for taking time to look at and loving my little sleeper Jenni, Watchsearcher, LaurenRedmond, aura and yougottahavestuff!
    4. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 10 months ago
      What a CUTIE!!! :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
    5. kwqd kwqd, 10 months ago
      Thanks for your comment and for loving my little sleeping kitty AnythingObscure!
    6. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 10 months ago
      Very cute cat, which I would have loved to pick up, love the wood grain, an unusual piece of treen !~
    7. kwqd kwqd, 10 months ago
      @PhilDMorris - Thanks for your comment! Not heard the word "treen" before and had to look it up!

      Thanks for loving my little cat iggy, PhilDMorris, fortapache, RichmondLori, Kevin and Hoot60!
    8. truthordare truthordare, 10 months ago
      Just some Japanese background, they liked to make decorative pieces in medium sizes, often animal, like rabbits and cats, average 5 to 6 inches, called okimono, and the Japanese home decor is sparse, but these were really popular.

      I bought a bronze rabbit from there years ago, the enjoyable part is they all have some personality of one kind or another. Thanks for posting Kevin.
    9. kwqd kwqd, 10 months ago
      @truthordare - Great information! Thanks. I was wondering about the motivation for these pieces. I found several similar objects while researching this one.

    10. racer4four racer4four, 10 months ago
      I have a beautiful little hand carved mouse here made with the same skill and beautiful personality as this one.
      I find things like this calming to hold.
    11. kwqd kwqd, 10 months ago
      @racer4four - Sounds nice! Post, please?

      Thanks for loving my kitty MALKEY, Vinyl33rpm, Karen and bobby725!
    12. kwqd kwqd, 10 months ago
      Thanks for taking the time to look and love my little Japanese cat awemazed and SEAN68!
    13. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 10 months ago
      So wonderful! Love this. Love the way the fibers of the wood creates a pattern in the cats' fur :)
    14. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 10 months ago
      And from the front I thought it was a little fox. But in the body I see a cat. I love that as well.
    15. kwqd kwqd, 10 months ago
      Thanks for your comments Elisabethan! It is a cutie, alright...

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