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Hirai Baisen (1889-1969) & Kuze Kyûhô I (1874-1947)
Chawan, tea bowl - Hisago, melon plant
Signed: Baisen ga
Seals: Kyûhô
Technique: Wheel-turned beige brittle Kyôyaki, with a black tetsu-e underglaze decoration Ø 10.1 x 10.2
Box: signed by both potter and painter
Condition: fine

Baisen graduated from the Kyoto Municipal School of Arts and Crafts in 1906. Unlike his fellow students he continued his studies independently. One year after his graduation, in 1907, he already exhibited at the Bunten and he continued to do so every year, developing and adapting his style. In 1913 he travelled to China after which he started to paint "continental scenes". As an artist he was successful and well-to-do. In the late 1920s, however, he received some unfavourable reviews and critical comments from his colleagues. After 1931 he only rarely participated in exhibitions. He did not exhibit at all after the Second World War.

Berry & Morioka ‘99 p. 270-75
Berry & Morioka ‘08 p. 265-66 (# 54-57, 73-74)
Berry '01 p.190
Roberts p. 43
Aburai p. 324-325

Kyûhô was the fourth generation from a potters family in Osaka specialized in tea wares

Price: EUR 800 / USD 920