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London Netsuke Convention

  • Friday, May 06, 2016
  • (EDT)
  • Monday, May 09, 2016
  • (EDT)
  • Montcalm Hotel, London

Event Highlights

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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 delegates throughout the convention of who their favourites are and what aspects of the netsuke carving art they are most drawn to.

In 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 du Saillant, Rosemary Bandini, Sem Djelal, Heinz and Else Kress and Paul Moss.

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

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.


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.  Map

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 

If you have any issues with the online registration or if you have any questions about the event, please feel free to contact me at the details below. I look forward to working with you all. 

Kind regards, 

(Miss) Ashley Gallant
Event Coordinator
T. +44 207 629 4670

The International Netsuke Society is vehemently opposed to the trafficking, trade or commerce of illegal ivory, horn or any other illegal material. We support and comply with all international laws and regulations, including but not limited to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), the Endangered Species Act, and the African Elephant Conservation Act.