The Hare with Amber Eyes
A Hidden Inheritance
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|Format:||Electronic book text|
|Other Information: ||30 b/w integrated|
|Published In: ||United Kingdom, 01 January 2098|
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 objets 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. Almost all that remained of their vast empire was the netsuke collection, smuggled out of the huge Viennese palace (then occupied by Hitler's theorist on the 'Jewish Question'), one piece at a time, in the pocket of a loyal maid - and hidden in a simple straw mattress. In this stunningly original memoir, Edmund de Waal travels the world to stand in the great buildings his forebears inhabited. He traces the network of a remarkable family against the backdrop of a tumultuous century. And, in prose as elegant and precise as the netsuke themselves, he tells the story of a unique collection which passed from hand to hand - and which, in a final twist of fate, found its way home to Japan.
The history of a family through 264 objects - set against a turbulent century - from an acclaimed writer and potter
About the Author
Edmund de Waal was apprenticed as a potter in Canterbury, studied in Japan and then read English at Cambridge. His porcelain is in 30 international museum collections: most recently he has created major installations for the V&A and Tate Britain. He has written widely on art, ceramics, design and orientalism and is Professor of Ceramics at the University of Westminster.
|Publisher: ||Vintage Digital|