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Subject:Identification help 2 Meiji period okimono, a tiger and a elephant
Posted By: pulpo Fri, Jan 17, 2020 IP: 2001:16b8:20ed:b400:

Hello all,

I would appreciate your help with the identification of two okimono.
They supposedly where made by the same artist/workshop and although the seals are different i see also the similarities.

Please check the attached pictures for details.

Thank you upfront for your time.
Best regards.

Link :Lorenzo

Subject:Re: Identification help 2 Meiji period okimono, a tiger and a elephant
Posted By: More pictures Sat, Jan 18, 2020

Here the picture of the seal on the tiger and of the elephant

Subject:Re: Identification help 2 Meiji period okimono, a tiger and a elephant
Posted By: last batch of pic Sat, Jan 18, 2020

Last pics of the elephant

Thanks again for any input.
kind regards

Posted By: pulpo Sat, Jan 18, 2020

So i'm pretty sure the seals say
渡辺 Watanabe and 渡辺製 Watanabe sei
but i could not find anything about this artist.
Has somebody a history / bio to this artist?

Any input is appreciated.

Subject:Re: Watanabe?
Posted By: Bill H Sun, Jan 19, 2020

I googled up one Japanese bronze artist, Watanabe Osao (渡辺長男), who was active in the late Meiji period. Several public sculptures are attributed to him in Japanese-language social media postings, which I'll leave for you to query if you wish, as I don't subscribe to them and my security program didn't particularly like them either.

Best regards,

Bill H

Subject:Re: Watanabe?
Posted By: pulpo Mon, Jan 20, 2020

I did find him but i couldn't find any okimono sized bronzes attributed to him.
Well, i will keep on researching.
Thanks for the help, Bill.

Best regards,

Subject:Re: Watanabe?
Posted By: Guy Wed, Jan 22, 2020

Mayor auction houses never mention further biographical data so I assume that they are not available.


Subject:Re: Watanabe?
Posted By: Bill H Wed, Jan 22, 2020

I pulled up one of the sites and, after giving my security program time to dispose of all the tracking cookies incurred, provide below the sterile screen prints I made of info found in a blog regarding Watanabe Osao. This is a very literal machine translation, so just read "Osao" as a name in this case, and keep in mind that virtually all names have a secondary literal meaning.

Best regads,

Bill H.

Subject:Re: Watanabe?
Posted By: Bill H. Wed, Jan 22, 2020

After my previous post, I revisited the website and found this translation of the Japanese text appended to the end.

Best regards,

Bill H.

Osao Watanabe(渡辺長男 わたなべおさお)
(1874 April 2 - 1952 March 3)
Japanese sculptor

He made a portrait sculpture of the Meiji Emperor.

However, as there was a shortage of metal in the Second World War, most of the bronze statements he made were melted and disappeared.

After the Second World War, the remaining statues were also destroyed because of the support of the militarism of the Empire of Japan.

Currently, in Japan, there is no one who knows the name of this excellent sculptor.

Right phrase of sculpture
by Osao Watanabe


Animals, plants and Human beings.

In every world, each factor overlaps with a supreme shape, tremendous.

The world of art is also expanding indefinitely.

Yet, when we go to the exhibition of sculpture and look at the figures, we indulge in the signs of abstract adult doctrine that it is empty, made by superstition of impression, instinct, concept, and the naked body of men and women is called art, a legitimate technology It is disappointing that there are many things that are confused by the form of naughty euphemisms of mischiefs without learning the composition.

When going to the exhibition which announces those works, it is rare that you master the skills correctly from the basic base of sculpture, put on your hands, and demonstrate their arms.

You. Sculptor Party.

Focus on acquiring strategies to quickly select the law like traditional western representation and to organize the figures of people.

It is a long time that you will be born for the first time by refining the technique by kneading the clay and expressing the inner world of people's lives, life and way of thinking again and again.

I would like to open up such a new generation and new phrases to our country.

Meanwhile, in recent years, only Rodin is an excellent sculptor in this way, the academy formalism is lacking in life because it is not a sculpture Theory is similar to a tree growing on the road.

In order to mow the scrub forest on this sculpture road and return it to the classical saddle of the traditional Western art tradition, it is only a matter of waiting for a senior and lazy student with this righteousness.

By cutting the wooded area of this sculpted road, we will carry out the classic traditional path of Western tradition that competes on a national scale with the huge statues of the gods who control the Quadriga horses.

To return to the royal road of this sculpture, from clay works with personal sensitivities, we only have to wait for the yearly bravest with this righteousness.

Even though I have not reached that area despite his deep knowledge, the hope of the future is that the reason why young artists who share this spirit should belong to this association will soon appear here I guess.

Subject:Re: Watanabe?
Posted By: pulpo Thu, Jan 23, 2020

What your research brought to light is very helpful.

I translated the text from the photo
with google:
"Fumio Asakura my brother, sculptor, is famous.Fumio Asakura. Studied under the Tokyo University of the Arts with Yamada Kisai and Morinaga Naganuma. Produced equestrian statues of the Meiji Emperor and statues of din and lions on the Nihonbashi railing. From the old photograph, the right is the eldest son in the front row and Fumio is the left in the back row"

So, Watanabe Osao was the elder brother of Fumio Asakura, a very famous sculptor.

I may sound nerdy, but it is just

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