As part of our Japanese works of art selection we are delighted to offer this stunning mixed media Okimono of a girl retrieving her Chickens , the Okimono signed by a leading artist of the time Izumi Seijo , the girl is formed from high quality cast bronze with ivory components forming her hands feet and face , the scarf around her head is formed from carved wood as is the original base , she holds a fabulous carved basket in front of her as she attempts to round up the Cockerel, Hen and Chicks, an absolutely delightful rendition of an everyday scene in Rural Japan , the artists seal is stamped on the rear of the bronze .
Note: The artist Izumi Seijo II was a noted bronze caster who lived in Tokyo, he is listed as being a member of The Tokyo sculptures association ,The Japan metalwork association ,he was also a permanent committee member of the Tokyo Chukinkai (The Tokyo cast metalworkers association) he began exhibiting in around 1895 and in the Paris exposition of 1900 one of his four exhibits won a prize , one of his sculptures of a bronze hen and rooster is included in the Imperial collection !
This exact okimono was discussed in the Honk Kong Telegraph on Oct 22nd 1927 , it was stated that it was “One of the most perfect ivory carvings by the celebrated artist Kaneda (art name) to leave Hong Kong for England , having been purchased at the Komor & Komors art exhibition” it was obviously second hand at that time having been made some 20 years or so earlier !!
The condition for such a large scale mixed media is very good , there is a minor visible old spliced ivory repair to her heel and a tiny nick on a Cockerel tail feather, a light cleaning depatination of the bronze, all in our opinion totally forgivable on such a fine and important Okimono .
Height: 9.5″ 24 cm
Length: 8.75″ 22 cm
Depth: 5 7/8″ 15 cm
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