Large Japanese Bronze Monkey Okimono – Genryusai Seiya

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As part of our Japanese works of art collection we are delighted to offer this large scale Meiji period (1868-1912) majestic bronze okimono group depicting an adult monkey at full stretch on all fours its head turned watching its young infant clambering on its back clutching a sprig of persimmon fruit, a remarkably well drawn study of these majestic creatures instantly recognisable as the work of the leading animal caster of the period, Genryusai Seiya. We have not come across this particular larger sized model before, it has been finished in exacting detail with exceptionally finely chiseled  fur and subtly contrasted faces and limbs, fully artist signed in a seal to the underside. A fine addition to your Japanese okimono or works of art collection, and an object that is certain to make you smile as was intended some 125 years ago when this fine group was designed and cast.

Literature :  

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 .

Provenance : 

UK based collector.

Condition report :

Fine waxed condition throughout.

Approximate Sizes :

Length : 20″   51 cm

Height : 9 1/2″ 24 cm

Depth : 12″ 30 cm

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