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International Netsuke Convention. London 5th-9th May 2016 – updated schedule

Event Highlights

Opening our convention will be a discussion between a few experts and advanced collectors as to their top ten netsuke carvers. What they are drawn to and why. It has been many years since this discussion was held previously and we will see if opinions and tastes have changed. We hope it inspires a lot of discussion among all international-netsuke-symposiumdelegates throughout the convention of who their favourites are and what aspects of the netsuke carving art they are most drawn to.

Opening our convention will be a discussion between a fewIn addition to holding the usual workshops, we will be holding a series of Master Classes, which will focus on the connoisseurship of sagemono.

Confirmed speakers include Julia Hutt, Guy de Lasteyrie, Rosemary Bandini, Sem Djelal, Heinz and Else Kress and Paul Moss.

The evening of May 6th, there will be a Welcome Drinks held at Bonhams (New Bond Street) to showcase pieces in their upcoming Japanese.

The following morning of May 7th, there will be a private breakfast and lecture by Dr Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere at the British Museum.

The final evening on May 9th will be a sit down dinner at The Crypt to conclude the event.

NB: This event is by RSVP only as there is limited seating. Please indicate whether you will be attending the dinner on your registration form.


Thursday, 5th May 2016

All-Day Dealer rooms installation

15:00 – 18:00 Early Registration in Montcalm lobby

Friday, 6th May 2016

09:00 – 10:30 Registration & Coffee

10:30 – 12:00 Discussion: Top 10 Carvers – Guy de Lasteyrie; Neil Davey;

Douglas Wright; David White

12:00 – 13:00 Workshop1: Clive Hallam – Stag Antler as a Carving Material

Masterclass Workshop: Heinz and Else Kress – Inro

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch (buffet provided)

14:00 – 18:00 Dealer Rooms Open

18:30 Welcome Reception at Bonhams, Bond Street

Saturday 7th May 2016

09:30 – 10:15 Private Breakfast at Royal Geographical Society

Registration for ‘weekend’ delegates

10:15 – 11:15 Lecture by Dr Nicole Rousmaniere (British Museum)

11:15 – 11:30 Break

11:30 – 12:30 Lecture by Dr Julia Hutt (Victoria & Albert)

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch (not provided) and make way back to Montcalm

NB: We recommend spending some time in the V&A’s newly refurbished Toshiba Japanese Gallery which is nearby

14:00 – 18:00 Dealer Rooms Open

18:30 – 21:00 Drinks reception at Sydney L. Moss with Kokusai Exhibition

Sunday 8th May 2016

09:30 – 10:30 Lecture 1: Christine Guth – Material Wit

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:00 Masterclass Lecture 1: Paul Moss – Kokusai

12:00 – 13:00 Workshop 2: Robert Goode – Netsuke on a Budget

Workshop 3: Max Rutherston – Minkoku

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch (buffet provided)

14:00 – 17:00 Dealer Rooms Open

17:30 Netsuke Auction (Bonhams, Bond Street)

Monday 9th May 2016

09:30 – 10:30 Lecture 2: Alain Ducros – Satsuma Ivory Netsuke

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:00 Lecture 3: Robert Fleischel & Yukari Yoshida – Iwami

12:00 – 13:00 Masterclass Lecture 2: Rosemary Bandini & Sem Djelal – Kyoto vs. Osaka

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch (buffet provided)

14:00 – 18:00 Dealer Rooms Open

19:30 – Arrival at The Crypt with a glass of champagne

20:00 – Sit down dinner and fun auction followed by dancing


The convention will be held at the Montcalm Hotel, located near Marble Arch.

There will be two large exhibitors rooms flanking a central lecture hall and leading into a foyer where lunch and afternoon tea will be served. In addition, we have two breakout rooms where workshops will be held.

The entire venue is wheelchair accessible.

Registration & Payment

The registration for the full event is £450 for the delegate and £400 for a spouse. If you do not wish to attend the full event, we are offering a ‘weekend rate’ of £260 for a delegate and £210 for a spouse.

This year we have opted to use an online registration form. Please follow the link here to complete the delegate registration form.

The last page of the form will request you select various fee categories applicable to you – please ‘tick’ the appropriate options to generate a final total before clicking ‘Submit’. Once I receive the request, I will send you our banking details to make a wire transfer. When payment has been received, you will receive confirmation of registration via email to the email address provided in the form.


We have agreed special room rates with the Montcalm Hotel. Availability may be limited therefore I suggest booking as early as possible to take advantage of this rate offer. A description of each room category can be found on the venue website.
To make a reservation, please ring: +44 207 479 2233 and quote code: SYDN040516
The room rates per night are as follows:
Single Occupancy 
Deluxe Double Bedroom (room only) £245 + VAT
Deluxe Double Bedroom (with breakfast) £255 + VAT
Double Occupancy fee £10 + VAT
Upgrade to Executive Club fee £30 + VAT
Upgrade to Montcalm Club fee £60 + VAT

For details please contact : ashley@slmoss.com