Japan, c. 1860, late Edo (1615-1868) to early Meiji period (1868-1912)
Naturalistically cast, depicting four young turtles clambering over the carapace of an adult turtle, trying to reach the highest spot, and extending their necks towards the sun. The different textures are achieved with remarkable skill. The surface bearing a fine, unctuous patina.
HEIGHT 14.5 cm, WIDTH 23 cm
WEIGHT 5.3 kg
Condition: Good condition with some wear and small nicks here and there, a chip to a small turtle’s tail and foot. One turtle has been re-attached and is slightly loose but stable.
Provenance: From a noted private collection, Luxembourg.
Compare with a related okimono group of similar size and depicting three turtles by Okazaki Sessei, at Bonhams, Fine Japanese Art, 7 November 2019, London, lot 222 (sold for 13,187 GBP).
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