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Subject:Japanese Bronze Cat With Signature
Posted By: Ray Lee Mon, Sep 11, 2017 IP:


I am trying to identify the Japanese maker of this beautiful bronze cat which measures just over 6 inches tall. I have shown the cat and the marks to the base in the attached photographs. I found an identical cat which claimed to be made by Miyabe Atsuyoshi, did he make this example?

Many Thanks


Subject:Re: Japanese Bronze Cat With Signature
Posted By: Guy Tue, Sep 12, 2017

The signature reads (most probably) 厚義作 ('Atsuyoshi saku'), followed by the seal of the Maruki Company (まるき社製 - 'Maruki sei').
This lovely okimono was designed en cast by Atsuyoshi who worked on behalf of the Maruki Company in Tokyo.

This craftsman is not to be confused with Miyabe Atsuyoshi (宮部篤良).

Late Meiji period (1900-1910).

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