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  • Wednesday, June 24, 2009 12:00 PM | Anonymous
    I have great news for all INS members who are already planning on attending the upcoming INS Convention, and to those who might attend with a last minute plan if the hotel prices came down, THE HOTEL ROOM RATES HAVE COME DOWN BY ABOUT 25%!

    Depending upon the days you check in and check out the prices have come down from $300 per night to an average of about $225.

    To get this rate, each person must call the hotel directly at the telephone number below and request the new rate. Be sure to identify yourself as attending the International Netsuke Society Convention.

    The New York Palace Hotel
    455 Madison Avenue
    New York, NY 10022
    (212) 888-7000

    Members who are coming because of this room rate discount will also need to contact INS Convention Chair Michael Strone with your convention registration plans at .

    We all look forward to seeing you there.

    Norman L. Sandfield, Constant Contact Coordinator
  • Tuesday, June 23, 2009 12:00 PM | Anonymous
    The International Netsuke Society sends its condolences to Marsha Vargas Handley on the passing of her husband, Raymond Handley, on Sunday June 15, 2009.

    The following obituary appeared in a recent San Francisco Chronicle newspaper, and other area newspapers, and can be viewed online at: or

    Raymond G. Handley Photo Raymond G. Handley Silicon Valley Pioneer Raymond G. Handley of Los Altos Hills, CA died peacefully at home with his loving family at his side on June 14, 2009. Born in Paramaribo, Dutch Guiana on June 2, 1923, raised in Georgetown, British Guiana until he came to the United States at sixteen to attend school at the University of Maryland. In 1947, Ray Handley moved to California. He became partners with Ray Renault, an established San Francisco real estate broker, and in 1952 they founded Renault & Handley Industrial and Commercial Real Estate in the Silicon Valley. Renault & Handley developed the first buildings for such high-tech pioneers as Intel, Fairchild, National Semiconductor and Raytheon. After the death of Ray Renault in 1965, Renault & Handley became a sole proprietorship and successfully continues today as the oldest industrial real estate brokerage in the Santa Clara Valley. Always ahead of his time, Ray Handley developed the first solar powered building in Silicon Valley in the mid 1970's. After his brother, William Jules Handley, became the US Ambassador to Mali, Africa in 1962, Raymond became interested in the country and wanted to make a difference in the lives of its people, drilling more than 50 water wells for Dogon villages through 300 feet of granite during the 1980's. A vibrant, adventurous and highly successful developer of Silicon Valley, Raymond became a keen collector of art and traveled extensively. His journeys took him from the highest mountains of Tibet to the most remote parts of Papua New Guinea and Africa. In the mid 1970's his passion lead him to establish Folk Art International/Xanadu Tribal Arts, an ethnographic art business, which allowed him to travel the world purchasing art and antiques for his galleries and established a non-profit educational foundation which currently supplies over 50,000 Northern California school children with ethnic study programs and materials. His love for real estate and art led him to purchase the only Frank Lloyd Wright building in San Francisco, the prototype for the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, for his art business in the late 1990's. Xanadu Gallery now specializes in fine quality antiquities from Asia and the Himalayas as well as some ethnographic works of art. He has been a generous donor to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City and the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. In 1957 Raymond built and opened Dinah's Garden Hotel in Palo Alto, CA adding a Trader Vic's Restaurant in 2001. He is also the owner of Handley Cellars, an award winning winery, in Mendocino County near Philo, CA with his winemaker daughter, Milla Handley. Raymond Handley is survived by his wife, Marsha Vargas Handley; his daughters Julia Handley (Honolulu/Menlo Park) and Milla Handley (Philo, CA); granddaughters Megan Handley Warren and Milla Louisa McClellen; predeceased by his wife of over 50 years, Milla Louise Hart Handley; and his brother, William Jules Handley. Services on Friday, June 19th, 2009, 1:00 pm at Spangler Mortuaries, Los Altos, CA. 650-948-6619.
  • Monday, June 01, 2009 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    Hi to all our members and collectors,

    Any questions, suggestions, or complaints about the INS will be addressed by the Board of Directors and at the General Meeting of the INS. If we can get these early, it may save us all time as they can be consolidated and discussed at the Board meeting before the General Meeting. Even better, I will be happy to accept these in advance, addressed to my e-mail at .

    It certainly appears that this will be one of the most successful and well-attended meetings we have ever had. I urge you all to come for a great time and a chance to see and buy great netsuke, along with educational lectures, and lots of social events, New York style.

    Please donate a piece to our second INS auction for the benefit of the Society, and then buy another one. If we succeed with the auction, we will be financially stable!

    I am looking forward to seeing you all in just one month!

    Best Wishes, Joe Kurstin, President

    Norman L. Sandfield, Constant Contact Coordinator

  • Monday, May 25, 2009 12:00 PM | Anonymous
    We are exceedingly pleased to announce that, on the evening of July 5, 2009 at the Palace Hotel in New York, the Bronze Hakutaku Award will be conferred upon Ryushi Komada, an International Netsuke Living Treasure.

    The presentation of the Award will be made by the honorable Shinichi Nishimiya, Japan's newly appointed Ambassador to the United Nations and Consul General.

    Please join us for the 17th International Netsuke Society Convention, the Hakutaku Convention. This presentation and reception, sponsored by Kokoro Japanese Art Advisors, will be open only to registered Convention attendees.

    For those of you who have not already registered, please do so promptly. The Society needs an accurate count of attendees as soon as possible to provide the finest services for the Convention. We look forward to seeing you on July 2.

    Michael J. Strone, Convention Chair

    Norman L. Sandfield, Constant Contact Coordinator

  • Thursday, May 14, 2009 12:00 PM | Anonymous
    In case you will be in New York City this weekend, but are not on their email mailing list!

    Please join the NEW YORK chapter of the INTERNATIONAL NETSUKE SOCIETY at its next meeting:

    Sunday, May 17, 2009 2:00 pm
    Wu Liang Ye Restaurant
    215 East 86th Street (between 2nd & 3rd Aves., next to PC Richards)

    We are looking forward to a talk entitled "Captured At Work", which will be presented by Denise Cohen. Throughout the political stability of the Edo Period (1615 - 1868), Japan experienced an economic prosperity that reveals the emergence of an affluent mercantile and artisanal culture. Netsuke carvers found in the latter strata of society an abundance of subjects to illustrate daily activities and occupations. In tandem, the Print artists of the 18th to 19th centuries reflected the customs, fashion, and trades of their society. A brief analogy will bring together the print artists and netsuke carvers who, inspired by the Hokusai Manga drawings and other ukiyo-e subjects, have captured for us the essence of common people at their professions.

    Please join us for an informative and fun talk, and please feel free to bring any netsuke of people at their professions to show the group.

    Please also bring cash for your food/drink.
    We expect to be in the back of the restaurant.
    RSVP to: Diane Drinnon, 212-828-7088 or

    Best Regards,
    Diane Drinnon
    Norman L. Sandfield, Constant Contact Coordinator
  • Wednesday, May 06, 2009 12:00 PM | Anonymous
    Greetings to all collectors and members of the International Netsuke Society,
    Two and a half years have sped by since the INS convention in Miami. We are just two months away from the next great convention in New York . . . and I do mean great! Michael Strone has pulled out all stops and will be presenting us all with a very special time. From great events to great lecturers with really interesting topics, you will find your days filled to the brim and overflowing. There will not be enough time to partake of all, but there will always be time to see old friends, make new friends, and have lots of discussions about netsuke and inro art. The current schedule can be found at

    The most important dealers in the world will be there with some of the greatest netsuke, inro, ojime, etc. in the world. A chance to see, compare, and increase your fine collections. And don't forget that we will have a wonderful INS auction, a chance to buy very good things for great prices and support the INS.

    We already have an excellent turnout but we need all of you to decide to come and make the convention even better! Yes, financial times are hard, but netsuke do not know that as prices remain on the rise. Don't miss a fabulous time in the BIG APPLE!

    Remember, this is your society and we need you all to support it by coming to the convention and buying at the auction.

    Joseph Kurstin, President
    Norman L. Sandfield, Constant Contact Coordinator
  • Monday, April 27, 2009 12:00 PM | Anonymous
    It appears there may have been a defective printing problem with a few copies of the last INS Journal - Volume 20, No. 1, Spring, 2009. Please take a look at your Journal and if you received a Journal with defective printing (check the page numbers for completeness and sequence), please contact us at and we will be glad to send you a replacement.
    Karen & Eric Knudson
    Membership Department

    If you know INS members who are not yet on our email list because we do not have their current email address, they can go to and click below *New Email Newsletters to sign up. For other issues and questions about our new email contact system, please contact:

    Norman L. Sandfield
    Constant Contact Coordinator
  • Monday, April 06, 2009 12:00 PM | Anonymous
    The Convention is proceeding apace. We are getting closer and closer to the event and the response thus far has been very exciting. Despite the obvious economic challenges, many of you are planning to join us for what we know will be a great educational and entertaining time, as well as perhaps the opportunity to find that special piece to augment your collection.

    Remember that the deadline for registration discounts has been extended to April 15. We encourage you to take timely advantage of the discount and ask that, for the Society's benefit as well as yours, you make hotel reservations at the New York Palace Hotel. If you have misplaced the registration form, simply go to our website at and print the form available under the “Convention” tab.

    Please also call the New York Palace Hotel at (212) 888-7000 and make your reservations. We hope that you will stay at the Palace Hotel, Each night you spend there reduces our potential guaranty to the Hotel. If another hotel promises rates a few dollars lower (although it is unlikely that you will find a similar quality hotel in the area at this amazing price of $300 per night), please persuade yourself that the taxicabs you will take back and forth from the Convention hotel will amount to as much as the difference in the room rates.

    Lastly, we are asking that you consider permitting us to exhibit at the Convention, netsuke by our honoree, Ryushi Komada. You may do so anonymously as well as acknowledged. Please contact me at to make arrangements. We will have quite a few but would like many more, whether or not you plan to attend. We have also decided to see if we can put together in one place, as many of the very rare hakutakus in the world and we ask that you consider permitting these to be exhibited too.

    Thank you. We are really looking forward to seeing you in July.

    All the best. Michael J. Strone, Convention Chair
    Norman L. Sandfield, Constant Contact Coordinator
  • Tuesday, March 17, 2009 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    Welcome to email #2 from the International Netsuke Society.

    This is just a quick reminder that our International Netsuke Society Convention is coming up soon.

    The Hakutaku Convention will be in New York City, July 2-6, 2009, at the Palace Hotel.

    For more details, please see the brochure at:

    The Preliminary Convention Schedule of Events and links to other Convention information can be found at:

    Please register soon! Come enjoy this World Class Event at a World Class Hotel, with the some of the world's best netsuke presenters, lectures, workshops, great food and great friends!

    Register NOW to take advantage of the Early Registration prices.

    Please remember, INS MEMBERSHIP IS REQUIRED ($125.).

    Click here for our membership form:

    Joe Kurstin, President

    Michael Strone, Convention Chairman

    Norman L. Sandfield, Constant Contact Coordinator

  • Tuesday, February 17, 2009 12:00 PM | Anonymous
    Welcome to the International Netsuke Society's new email contact system run through Constant Contact.
    We hope to use this to keep you informed of important news in a more timely manner than that found in our valuable quarterly journals. In particular, you will be receiving updated information on plans for the 2009 International Convention.

    Currently, our Privacy Policy is simple: The INS values your privacy and security; we won't share your email address with anyone except for purposes of the INS. Your email address will not be available to other members or anyone outside of our organization. Please see for Constant Contact's Privacy Guarantee, and for their Email Privacy Policy.

    You can safely unsubscribe from this email list at any time, by clicking the "Unsubscribe" Link Below. Your friends can sign up by clicking HERE.
    As we go through the learning curve with this service, we hope to find more useful ways to use it to keep in contact with you.
    For more information on this service, please go to

    Welcome to the INS in the 21st century!
    Norman L. Sandfield
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