Large Japanese Bronze Monkey Vase – Hokugaku I

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As part of our Japanese works of art collection we are delighted to offer this early Meiji period 1868-1912 Kaga school bronze artist signed vase, this magnificent quality piece of metalwork reigns from the very early years of the Meiji period circa 1875, the vase is a tour de force of inlaid mixed metal work typical of the Kaga school with the vase displaying various techniques of geometric mixed metal banding to the shoulders, base and neck. Without a doubt the highlight being the Katakiribori carved Monkey preening himself as the central character,the artist has literally used his chisels as a paint brush(Katakiribori) and to stunning effect, a spray of peaches finely carved to the rear, the shaped base supported by three mythical beast and artist signed to the underside with a transcription that loosely reads as follows, made by an old man Hokugaku ,Yokoyama Yazaemon Takashige , resident of Etchu ( modern day Toyama perfecture) . suggested date between 1870 -1879 .

Provenance :

2020 Vision of an enlightened ruler – plate 12

Literature :

The suggested artist Hokugaku I (Yokoyama Yazaemon , Takashige ) is recorded as having a large pair of vases in the Tokyo national museum made in Meiji 6 1873 . Ref – E 13012

Hokugaku I , also has a pair of vases in the Austria Art Museum, these particular vases won a prize in the 1873 Vienna Exposition.

There is a further vase documented in the Kaga Kinko Taikan plate 307.

Condition report :

The vase is in remarkable condition throughout .

Approximate Sizes :

Height :  15″   38 cm

Width :   9″     23 cm

Depth :   9″     23 cm

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