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89. Tanomura Chokunyû (1814-1907)
Man at the border a lake - Suiboku mizusashi, Lidded water pot
Signed: Chokunyû sanjin
Technique: grey Kyôyaki with a dark brown tetsu-e underglaze decoration and inscription with a black glazed lid, Ø13 x 14
Condition: very good

湖上移魚子 / 初生不畏人 / 自從識鈎餌 / 欲見更無因。

Small fry milling around below the lake surface,
Newly born they are not afraid of humans yet.
But as soon as they know about the bait on the hook,
they disappear without a trace when one is on the lookout for them.

(Su Shi (1037-1101), also known as Su Dongbo)

Chokunyû was born in Ôita Takeda in Bungo province. His master Tanomura Chikuden (1777-1835) came from the same area. Chokunyû became his pupil when he was in his 9th year. Chikuden recognized his talents and adopted him, upon which Chokunyû gave up his own family name of Mitsumiya. Apart from his painting activities he also immersed himself in Chinese studies. He was, moreover, a pivotal figure in sencha-loving circles in Kyoto and Osaka. As the number of devotees augmented, he founded a sencha society in Osaka in order to preserve and consolidate the work of earlier sencha enthusiasts like Rai San’yô (1781-1832). It became known as the Seiwan Chakai, Blue Bay Tea Society. As its originator and promoter Chokunyû achieved tremendous fame. Early in the Meiji era he became involved in the founding of Kyoto’s Prefectural Art School and in due course became its first director. He also helped to establish the Japanese Nanga Society. He was a prolific artist not only drawn to landscape and flowers, trees and grasses, but also to birds, animals and human figures. With Tomioka Tessai (1836-1924) he was a leading figure in the sencha world of the Meiji era.

Roberts p. 174
Araki pp. 1080-1081
Graham p. 171 ff.
Berry & Morioka ‘99 p. 92-95 (# 12)
Berry & Morioka ‘08 p. 303-05 (# 42-43, 79)

Price: EUR 1,200 / USD 1,416