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A Meiji period bronze sculpture of a mother and son by Atsuyoshi

$ 6,620
  • Description
    A Meiji period bronze sculpture of a mother and son by Atsuyoshi, she is shown seated on a gnarled rootwood base, with her arm round a crying boy standing by her knee and offering her breast, wearing a short robe, trousers and a cloth incised with Mount Fuji around her head, and bare feet. Signed Atsuyoshi saku, Maruki Shachu seisaku (??????????? (??????????). Japanese, circa 1880.

    Footnote: Atsuyoshi is known for a number of finely modelled bronze studies of both wild and domesticated animals, almost all of them made for the Tokyo based Maruki Company. This is therefore an unusual subject matter for him and Japanese bronzes in general , however Oliver Impey and Joyce Seaman, in ‘Japanese Decorative Arts of the Meiji Period’ (in the Ashmolean Museum Collections), pp. 68-69, include a bronze group of a woman who has just finished breast feeding her baby, by Udagawa Kazuo. In the Meiji period the influential first dean of the Tokyo Fine Arts School, Okakura Kakuz? (1862–1913), wrote that students should “call attention to fine artisans and urge the broadening of motifs and materials for sculpture“. He employed the Italian artist Vincenzo Ragusa (1841-1927), amongst other foreign ‘experts’, to encourage an awareness of Western sculpture.
  • More Information
    Origin: Japan
    Period: 19th Century
    Materials: bronze
    Condition: Good.
    Creation Date: c 1880
    Styles / Movements: Traditional
    Incollect Reference #: 498147
  • Dimensions
    W. 20 in; H. 40 in; D. 13 in;
    W. 50.8 cm; H. 101.6 cm; D. 33.02 cm;
Message from Seller:

Wick Antiques was established by Charles Wallrock in the early 1980s. Having grown up in the Antiques world Charles developed an extensive wealth of knowledge. Starting out as a ‘man with a van’ he quickly gained a good reputation and embarked on a longstanding relationship with Harrods. He was later joined by his wife, Caroline Wallrock. Caroline having completed a Persian degree, went on to study at Christie’s fine art and then joined Sotheby’s specializing in Islamic and Japanese works of art

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