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101. Asai Chû (1856-1907), Suda Seika (1862-1927) and Ikebe Yoshikata (1861-1923)
Kashibachi, bowl for sweets - Shika, deer
Signed: Mokugo dôjin, Yoshikata dai, Seika kun
Technique: Kutani sometsuke, white porcelain with an aka-e, red, overglaze painting and calligraphy. Ø 17,3 x 7,7
Date: 1906/7
Box: authorized by Suda Seika IV (born 1940)
Condition: fine

The inscription reads: 為 菁華君 黙語道人寫 義象題
“Painted for my friend Seika by Mokugo dôjin [Chû] and inscribed by Yoshikata”

Haru no yama / matsu fuku kaze ni / yo no sato o / haraitsukushite / shika ya nakuramu.

Spring in the mountains;
The wind from the pines,
The villages of our world,
Completely swept clean,
The deer will weep.

In 1876 Asai Chû was one of the first art students to study with the Italian artist Antonio Fontanesi (1818-1882), who had come to Japan to teach Western oil painting. In 1889, Chû established the Meiji Bijutsukai (Meiji Art Society), the first group of Western-style painters in Japan. In 1898 he became a professor at the Tokyo School of Fine Arts. In 1902 he resigned and travelled to France to study the techniques of the impressionist school.

Roberts p. 6

Yoshikata Ikebe (1861-1923) was famous scholar and poet.

Suda Yosaburo (1862-1927) studied pottery in Kyoto. Upon opening his own kiln in 1906, he changed his name to Suda Seika I.

Price: EUR 1,450 / USD 1,450