As part of our Japanese works of art collection we are delighted to offer this most unusual large scale Meiji Period 1868-1912, bronze casting of a wooden ferry boat carrying passengers upon a river, this most unusual casting stems from the foundry of the highly regarded Genryusai Seiya and typifies his quality of workmanship together with his eye for detail of the scenes of everyday life in Japan. This fascinating group captures various characters, some of whom are seemingly conversing with the chap sat at the front, you will notice a Samurawashi ( monkey trainer ) alongside his monkey as well as a bijin clutching her hat whilst holding a shamisen, aside her is an elderly lady leaning forward upon a stick while carrying a large object upon her back, the ferryman clearly attempting to steer against the current with the use of his long rudder. The entire group resting upon its original wooden display stand and signed within a seal Genryusai Seiya, a captivating and most unusual okimono to brighten up a 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 and 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 .
Condition report :
Fine condition throughout.
Approximate Sizes :
Length : 38 1/2″ 97 cm ( bronze only 37″ 94 cm )
Height : 11 1/2″ 29 cm
Depth : 13 1/”2 34 cm
Free worldwide delivery and a certificate of authenticity are included within the price of this item.