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Lot 16 - JAP0522

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Lot details

By Watanabe Shiho (born 1894-1972), signed Shiho
Japan, Tokyo, first half of 20th century

Very finely and naturalistically cast as a seated hare raising one paw. Note the sparse hairwork rendered with fine incision work. Signed underneath SHIHO.

HEIGHT 19.3 cm
WEIGHT 5,070 g

Condition: Excellent condition with typical associated wear, some light surface scratches.
Provenance: English private collection, purchased at Christie’s London on 22nd April 2008, lot 646.

Watanabe Shiho (1894-1972) studied metal casting under Oshima Joun at the Tokyo School of Fine Arts (now the Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music), where he later also became a professor. Prior to the Pacific War, he exhibited frequently at the government-sponsored Teiten and Shin-Bunten exhibitions. His work is in the collections of the Tokyo Prefectural Museum of Modern Art.

The present hare bears an uncanny resemblance to the famous painting of a hare by Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528).


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