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Yamamoto Shunkyo (1871-1933) with the Zeze kiln
Zezeyaki
Kashibachi, bowl for sweets - Niwatori, Cock and hen
Signed: Ichigatsu gantan Shihitsu Shunkyo
Seals: Zeze
Technique: Zezeyaki, earthenware from Ôtsu with a dark blue tetsu-e, iron oxide underglaze painting Ø 18,5 x 8,5
Date: 1921 (-1933?)
Box: signed
Condition: fine

The calligraphy reads:
國家幸 Kokkakô - The happiness of the country, 一月元旦試筆春挙 Ichigatsu gantan Shihitsu Shunkyo, First brushstrokes on New Years morning in the first month.

Box inscription outside: ぜゝ焼 菓子鉢 Zezeyaki Kashibachi - Zezeyaki cake bowl
Inside: 勅題 社頭暁? 春挙画 「印」春挙 Chokudai (theme of the Imperial Poetry Contest) Shatô akatsuki, Daybreak at Shintô precincts.
[signed:] Shunkyo ga [seal:] Shunkyo

Shunkyo was born in Shiga prefecture. He studied painting with Nomura Bunkyo (1854-1911), and later with Mori Kansai (1814-1894). After 1900 he became one of the most successful Nihonga artists in Kyoto and was as popular as Takeuchi Seihô (1864-1942). After his return to Shiga, his house and studio were located next-door to the Zezeyaki kiln, which he helped revive.

Reference:
Kyôto 1982
Shiga 1985
Shiga 2000
Berry & Morioka ‘99 pp. 126-127
Conant pp. 330-331
Roberts p. 196

Zezeyaki, ceramic wares from in Ôtsu. With the support of local artists, Iwasaki Kenzô succeeded in reviving Zeze tea ceramics in the traditional style, beginning in 1919. Among them Shunkyo and the potters Ito Tozan I and Ito Tozan II.

Price: EUR 1,000 / USD 1,100