The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures

Robert Mangold has been working with Japanese antiques since 1995 with an emphasis on ceramics, Paintings, Armour and Buddhist furniture.
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Fox & Cub Carved Wood Sculpture by Sato Katsunori c. 1950

Fox & Cub Carved Wood Sculpture by Sato Katsunori c. 1950

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Sculpture: Pre 1950: Item # 1464819

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An image of a fox and cub by Sato Katsunori (Shoho) carved from a single block of wood. The motherly figure appears to be dozing off as the cub plays about her feet, long tail sweeping around to encompass the imagery in with a sense of safety and comfort. A nearly identical work by the artist minus the cub was exhibited at the Nitten in 1946, and a near mirror image titled “Kitsune” was exhibited at the 7th Nitten in 1951 published on page 256 of the Nittenshi, figure 83. The sculpture is 12 x 18-1/2 x 21-1/2 inches (47 x 30 x 54 cm) and is in excellent condition.
Sato Katsunori (Katsusuke, Shosuke or Shoho, all alternative readings of the same characters), originally of Yamagata, relocated to Saitama post-war and eventually settled in Nerima-ku, Tokyo. He often exhibited with the various forms of the Nitten starting with the Showa Juichinen Ten in 1936, Shin-Bunten 5 and 6 (1942 & 43 respectively), then consistently with the Nitten postwar from the second on. Pre war his exhibited works were powerful Buddhist related figures. Post war he would switch largely to animal motifs. He would eventually become a member of the Buddhist Art Society (Bukyo Bijutsu Kyokai), Changing his name from Katsusuke to Katsunori.