Japanese Bronze Okimono Chin Dog – Kaniya Kuniharu 1852-1934

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As part of our Japanese works of art collection we are delighted to offer this fine quality Meiji period 1868-1912, bronze okimono of a chin dog by the highly acclaimed multi award winning metalworker of the period Kaniya Kuniharu 1852-1934, the delightful chin dog is cast in a seated pose and chiseled in exquisite detail, its eyes picked out in mixed alloys to charming lifelike effect against the deep bronze patination of the fur, its front paw raised in anticipation of a treat perhaps, the heavy bronze okimono is signed with the artists name to the underside and would make a fantastic addition to your Japanese metalwork or okimono  collection.

Literature :

”Kaniya Kuniharu (1852-1934) was one of the foremost craftsmen in cast bronze of the Meiji Period. He had been taught by two particularly eminent artists, Takamura Koun (1852-1934) and Otake Norikuni (b.1852). Koun, a master of wood sculpture, had been appointed Professor of sculpture a the founding of the Tokyo Art School in 1889. “

Kuniharu won several awards at the expositions of the Meiji period including a first prize in 1894, he is featured in the Dr Naseer Khalili collection, metalwork II- page 99, as well as Splendors of Imperial Japan, Arts of the Meiji Period from the Naseer Khalili collection, p370 and p372, nos.263 and 264.

Kuniharu himself was one of the founding members of the Tokyo Chukin Kai (Tokyo Cast Metal Association) in 1907 together with Oshima Joun (1858-1940). He exhibited at both national and international exhibitions, including the Paris exposition of 1900.

Provenance :

UK Based Japanese works of art collection .

2020 Vision of an enlightened ruler – vol II

Condition report :

Lovely condition throughout .

Approximate Sizes :

Height : 6 1/4″  15.5 cm

Width : 9.0″      22.5 cm

Depth : 5.0″      12.5 cm

Weight :  3.24 kg

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