Okimono or sculpture in the form of a grazing, modernist stag. Of
cast yellow bronze. Signed on the reverse with a cast seal-form signature by the
artist: Chūroku (Neya Chūroku, 1897 – 1987). Shōwa 7 or 1932.
With the nijū-bako or original double storage box, the outer
box red lacquered and the interior box of fine paulownia wood, inscribed on the
exterior of the lid: Ōdō Okimono Shika or Yellow Bronze Sculpture (of a)
Deer; and on the reverse of the lid signed: Chūroku Saku or Made by
Chūroku, and sealed: Chūroku. Included in the box is the original
exhibition post-card of sculpture from the 13th Teiten.
This sculpture was made for exhibition at the 13th Teiten in
1932 and it is illustrated in the Nittenshi, volume 10, page 466, number 150.
An Osaka artist, Neya Chūroku graduated from the Tokyo Bijutsu
Gakkō (Tokyo School of Fine Arts). Like that of his teacher, Tsuda Shinobu,
Chūroku’s work displays stylized flowing lines with angular counterpoint.
Chūroku first participated in the national art exhibitions with the 9th Teiten
in 1928. He continued with the 10th – 15th Teiten from 1929 – 1934, winning the
tokusen or grand prize at the last one. In 1936, he showed at the Bunten
Kansaten and the following year was granted mukansa or non-vetted status
at the 1st Shin-Bunten. He also showed at the 2nd, 3rd and 5th Shin-Bunten in
1938, 1939, and 1942, as well as at the Senji Tokubetsuten in 1944. Chūroku was
also invited to participate in the 1933 World Exposition in Chicago.
11 7/8” high x 11 ½” wide x 9” deep.