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95. Takeuchi Seihô (1864-1942) & Hyakkaen
Sumidagawa ware
Shôkiku, Little chrysanthemum - Yunomi, tea cup
Signed: Seihô sha
Seals: Hyakkaen
Technique: Grey glazed Sumidagawa-raku with a tetsu-e, iron oxide underglaze painting, Ø 7.5 x 9
Box: authorized by Seihô’s pupil Ôya Shunrei (1892-1967)
Condition: fine

Seihô was one of the last very important and famous Maruyama-Shijô style painters.
He was an extremely skillful painter, which earned him fame and a lot of pupils. He entered Bairei's studio at the age of 16 and already in the following year he won his first prize at an exhibition, which is a rare for such a young artist.
He eagerly studied all different styles. In 1900 he went to Europe for six months to get acquainted with western painting. On his return he changed the first character "Sei" of his name into a character meaning "West". His two trips to China in 1920 and 1921 meant another enrichment to his painting. His flexibility in styles and the flamboyantly virtuoso way he handled his brush meant in the eyes of some critics that his craftsmanship reduced his artistic abilities.

Reference:
Next to a number of monographs and in any general book on modern Japanese painting:
Harada 1981
Berry & Morioka ‘99 pp. 130-137
Conant pp. 322-323
Roberts p. 171
Araki p. 1633

Hyakkaen, Sumidagawa-yaki. It is said that the founder of the Hyakkaen garden, Sahara Kikuru started raku-yaki using the soil around the Sumida River. Since Sumida River was known for Miyakotori from the song of Narihei Arihara, many of his works are in the form or illustration of Miyakotori. According to the garden, it has been inherited for five generations since Edo, but the kiln was destroyed by fire in the Great Tokyo Air Bombing of 1945, and few works remain.

Price: EUR 800 / USD 944