As part of our Japanese works of art collection we are delighted to offer this captivating and somewhat humorous Meiji Period (1868-1912), bronze okimono group depicting a pair of monkeys wrestling over a sprig of fruit, the monkeys entwined with one clambering upon the other attempting in vain to grab the prized fruit, as with our other recently listed monkey okimono this fascinating study has been cast at the highly regarded foundry of Genryusai Seiya, it once again stems from the estate of a UK lady collector. Signed in a seal to the underside this most charming rendition of everyday primate life is sure to brighten up your Japanese works of art collection and will suit any shelf space in the room of your choice.
Genryusai Seiya was a highly respected artist producing all manner of bronze okimono and objects towards the late 19th century, his specialist subject was without doubt animal subject bronzes, he is likely to have been heavily influenced by the opening of the Tokyo Zoo in 1882, his foundry was responsible for a large and varied output and seemingly employed many skilled metalworkers, occasionally we see pieces that are multi signed, usually large and important sculptures likely destined for overseas exhibition, as in the instance of our monumental Elephant group by Morimitsu that featured in our first exhibition catalogue, although the majority of wares destined for export carried just the Seiya foundry seal or carved signature .
Estate of a UK lady collector.
Condition Report :
Fine waxed condition throughout.
Approximate Sizes :
Length : 10 1/2″ 27 cm
Height : 7 1/2″ 19 cm
Depth : 6 1/2″ 16.5 cm
Weight : 4,871 gms
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