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Himeji Chikugai (1840-1928) & Wada Tōzan I (Kikusono) (1888-1967)
5 tea cups, chashô - Bamboo
Signed: Beijû ô (88 years old) Chikugai
Seals: Tōzan
Technique: Kyôyaki sometsuke (Seikaji) - Translucent blue and white porcelain with a hand painted cobalt blue underglaze decoration. Ø 6,4 x 4,4
Date: Spring 1927
Box: signed
Condition: one cup has a hairline, otherwise very good

The inscription reads: 瀟湘佳趣 Shōshō kashu, the refined attraction of Xiao en Xiang

The region in the province Huang in China called after the rivers Xiao and Xiang is famous for its beautiful nature especially during fog and rain. The association here is that bamboo becomes even more attractive in the rain.

Before the Meiji restoration Chikugai was a feudal retainer in Fukuoka ready to start a military career with painting as a hobby. After the restoration he moved to Tokyo to devote himself to painting entirely. Later he went to Osaka where he became an important member of the Nanga painters circle.

Roberts p. 43
Araki p. 636
20th p. 324

Wada Tôzan I was a ceramist, the son of Wada Kujurô ceramist and owner of the Kotouragama (kiln) in Nakamura in Hyogu Province. He was specialized in tea ceramics. In the Taishô era he produced vases and tea ceramics for the imperial court.

Price: EUR 250 / USD 285