Patinated bronze cast in relief with gourd-vine leaves and tendrils. Seal mark in base reads Ryōun.
The celebrated bronzecaster Takahashi Ryōun lived and worked in Tokyo and was active from the late Meiji to the early Showa (1926–1989) era. A graduate of Tokyo Art School, he was famed for his skill in casting bronze. The Tokyo Casting Association lists him as a designated special member, a ranking reserved for only the best artists. He exhibited at the Paris Exposition Universelle (1900) with three bronzes: flower vase with swimming carp; sculpture of a puppy; vase with narcissi. He won a prize in 1900 for a work exhibited at the Fifteenth Exhibition of the Tōkyō Chōkōkai (Tokyo Sculpture Association) and received further awards at other exhibitions in 1908 and 1911 for bronze vessels; a bronze sculptire of a duck was purchased from the 1911 show by the Imperial Household.