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85. Tanomura Chikuden (1777-1835)
Chadô Tea ceremony
Kyûsu, Tea pot - Plum blossom and reishi
Signed: Chikuden sho
Seals:
Technique: Hand-shaped and engraved Shiradoro yaki, pottery from white clay Ø 11 x 11.2 x 18.2
Box: authorized on a springday of 1872 by his pupil <^>Tanomura Chokunyû (1814-1907)
Condition: good

頭綱別樣建溪春,小璧蒼龍浪得名.
The first pick of tea of exceptional quality from Fujian:
The "Curled Up Gray Dragon" lives up to its name.



Chikuden was trained as a doctor, but 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.
In 1813 Chikuden resigned and started travelling and devoted himself to artistic pursuits, a good way to make many friends. He studied painting with Watanabe Hôtô (1752?-1833) and poetry in Kyoto. In 1826 he moved to Nagasaki to study recently imported Chinese poetry. Chikuden was ranked among the first of the Bunjin Nanga painters. His pupils, especially his major pupil and adopted son Tanomura Chokunyū (1814-1907) have carried on the legacy of Chikuden throughout the 19th and early 20th Century.

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

Price: EUR 2,000 / USD 2,000