Posted 4 months ago
This small cast iron horse by Japanese artist Sotaro Saegusa is 4" long x 3" high x 1" wide and weighs 13 ounces. A gold like finish with some black, yellow and gold metal glitter has been applied. This is a common treatment for Saegusa's cast iron. This little horse has the artist's mark on one hip.
Due to several bargains too good to pass up, I ran through my December budget in the first few days of December but am still waiting for some of those items to arrive. Due to two refunds from November purchases that I received in early December, one for a damaged item and one for returning an item mis-sent to me for which the seller refunded my total cost for two items I actually purchased from them, I suddenly found myself with a little extra money, just enough to make an offer on this Saegusa horse. I was pleasantly surprised when the seller accepted my offer. Guess this is my Christmas present and especially appropriate as my birth year took place in the Year of the Horse. This just about sates my appetite for horse related Japanese metal ware.
About the artist:
Sotaro Saegusa was born in 1911 in Aji-cho, Kida-gun, Kagawa Prefecture of Japan. He graduated from the Metallic Engineering Department of Kagawa Prefectural Technical School in 1930 and the Sculpting School of Tokyo School of Fine Arts. Saegusa initially specialized in oil painting and large scale public sculpture. He later worked as a professor at the Nagoya University of Arts until retiring in 1986. Saegusa was a member of the Japan Artists' Association, Japan Sculptors' Association and Shin Kozo Exhibition Paintings Division.
Saegusa won a number of prestigious awards during his career. In 1941, his works were selected for the 8th Shin Kozo Exhibition Western Painting Division and the 15th Imperial Exhibition Sculpture Division and he was invited to take part in the exhibition every year he was active. He was presented the Chunichi Award in the Japan Fine Arts Exhibition at Nagoya in 1958, an award in the Nagoya Japanese Art Exhibition in 1987, the Tokyo Governor's Award in the 65th Shin Kozo Exhibition Sculpture Division for his work "Iku" in 1993, and the Minister of Education Encouragement Award, 71st Shin Kozo Exhibition Sculpture Division for Still Life in 1999. His works are included in the collections of a number of arts museums and displayed in public parks and squares in many cities in Japan.
Saegusa continued to work as an artist after his retirement and was still active as an artist into his 90s. After he retired, Saegusa focused on sculptures of animals in bronze and iron and also made incense burners and vases.
Sotaro Saegusa died in 2006.
He is described by some as Takaoka doki artist: