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Tanomura Chikuden (1777-1835)
Nanga/ chanoyu
Hanaire vase - Sometsuke sansui, blue-and-white andscape
Signed: Chikuden sei
Technique: Wheel-turned beige and grey gohonde earthen-ware from Bungo with a dark blue tetsu-e underglaze painting of a landscape Ø 14.5 x 30.5
Date: 1832, eigth month of autumn
Box: with auction labels
Condition: kintsugi reinforcement of a baking flaw at the bottom and a chip at the rim, otherwise very good

Box labels: Mr Umemura Yûrô bought the vase in auction on October 9, 1919, for ¥1055

Chikuden was trained as a doctor. Being only the second son, he received permission to give up the family occupation at 23 and was allowed to study Chinese poetry and painting. He was taught ethics and history at the school which was controlled by the lord of Oka and so he became the historian of Bungo province.
After Chikuden resigned in 1813 he started travelling and devoted himself to artistic pursuits. He studied painting with Watanabe Hôtô (1752?-1833) and poetry in Kyoto. In 1826 he moved to Nagasaki to study recently imported Chinese poetry. He ranked among the first of the bunjin Nanga painters. His pupils, especially his adopted son, Tanomura Chokunyû (1814-1907), carried on Chikuden’s legacy throughout the 19th and early 20th century.

Oita 1982
Oita 1999
Nihon no bijutsu kaiga kinshû Vol. 21
Berry & Morioka ’08 p. 302-03 (# 21)
Cahill p. 94 ff.
Roberts p. 13
Araki p. 638 ff.

Price: EUR 2,400 / USD 2,400