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94. Yamamoto Shunkyo (1871-1933) & Eizan (dates unknown)
Aka raku
Wakamatsu, Pine shoots - Hanaire, flower vase
Signed: Shunkyo ga
Seals: Eizan
Technique: crackled akaraku with blue tetsu-e underglaze decoration, Ø 8,5 x 15
Date: Spring 1917
Box: signed by the potter
Condition: very good

Shunkyo was born in Shiga prefecture. He studied painting with Nomura Bunkyo (1854-1911), but after Bunkyo moved to Tokyo in 1885, Shunkyo became a pupil of Mori Kansai (1814-1894). Together with Tsuji Kakô (1870-1931) he worked at Takashimaya department store where they created designs for export textiles. He studied photography and yôga (western-style oil painting). After 1900 he became one of the most successful Nihonga artists in Kyoto and his juku (private school) was as popular as that of Takeuchi Seihô (1864-1942). After his return to Shiga, his house and studio near Lake Biwa were located next-door to the Zezeyaki kiln. In 1919 he helped his neighbour Iwasaki Kenzô to reestablish Kagerôen the kiln for the production of Zezeyaki in Ôtsu.

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