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The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance
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The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance (Paperback)
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264 wood and ivory carvings, none of them larger than a matchbox: potter Edmund de Waal was entranced when he first encountered the collection in the Tokyo apartment of his great uncle Iggie. Later, when Edmund inherited the 'netsuke', they unlocked a story far larger than he could ever have imagined...The Ephrussis came from Odessa, and at one time were the largest grain exporters in the world; in the 1870s, Charles Ephrussi was part of a wealthy new generation settling in Paris. Marcel Proust was briefly his secretary and used Charles as the model for the aesthete Swann in Remembrance of Things Past. Charles' passion was collecting; the netsuke, bought when Japanese objects were all the rage in the salons, were sent as a wedding present to his banker cousin in Vienna. Later, three children - including a young Ignace - would play with the netsuke as history reverberated around them. The Anschluss and Second World War swept the Ephrussis to the brink of oblivion.

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Beautifully written account on memory, history and relationships through an inherited collection of netsuke. The vivid, poetic descriptions of the netsukes forms, textures and materiality allow you to feel the presence of these objects and hold them in your hands.

- 29/11/2014
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