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Kiyomizu Rokubei V (1875-1959)
Sencha tea set: ‘A quiet retreat in a flowering bamboo bush’
Signed: Rokubei and Rokubei saku
Seals: Kiyo
Technique: Sometsuke, porcelain with a cobalt blue underglaze decoration Tea pot: Ø 8 x 9 Jar: 7 x 10 x 5,5 Cups: Ø 8 x 4
Box: signed and chakin, wiping cloth, with seal.
Condition: fine

Set is to prepare sencha, steeped green leaf tea, and consists of a kyûsu, teapot Ø 8 x 9, yuzamashi, water cooler 7 x 10 x 5,5,
and five yunomi, teacups Ø 8 x 4.

Rokubei V was born in Kyoto, the second son of Kiyomizu Rokubei IV. He studied Shijô painting with Kôno Barei, adopting the artist’s name Shôrei. He also studied at the Kyoto Prefectural School of Painting, and studied ceramic techniques with his father after his graduation. His career as a ceramic artist began when he won a prize at the Fourth Domestic Industrial Exposition in 1895. He studied glazing techniques at the Kyoto Municipal Ceramic Laboratory established in 1896 and organized the Promoting Society for Craft Workers (Shokkô Shôrei-kai) with designer Kikuchi Sokû at the Laboratory in 1899. He actively worked on the study and research of new glazing techniques and (Western) designs. When Rokubei IV retired, he inherited the title and became Rokubei V in 1913. He exhibited at the Nôten, the Design and Applied Artworks Exhibition sponsored by the Ministry of Agriculture and Commerce and the Teiten, the Imperial Art Academy Exhibition. He also became a member of the Imperial Art Academy and played an important role as a leading figure of the craft world. In 1945 he retired and took the artist’s name Rokuwa.

Kyoto 2003 p. 326 ff.