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Aoki Mokubei (1767-1833)
Landscape with scholars drinking tea
Signed: Rôbei
Seals: Ka .., Ritsuyû Rôbei
Technique: sumi and soft colours on paper 135,6 x 30,8
Date: Early autumn of 1829
Mounting: grey blue beige damask
201 x 42,5
Box: Authorized in 1906 by Kobayashi Takusai (1831–1916) and a note of authorization on the reverse of the mounting by Kawabata Gyokushō (1842–1913).
Condition: an old tear, otherwise very good

Kobayashi Takusai (1831-1916) was a pupil of Nukina Kaioku (1778-1863)
Kawabata Gyokushô (1842-1913) was leading Shijô style painter, professor at the Tokyo School of Fine Arts.

Although in 1796 Mokubei submitted paintings to one of the exhibitions of contemporary art organized twice-yearly by the scholar and artist Minagawa Kien (1734-1807), he was not an active painter until about 1820. It is therefore remarkable that he is now mostly known as a painter.
In his own time, however, he was considered one of the great masters of pottery, on a par with Nonomura Ninsei (fl mid 17th century) and Ogata Kenzan (1663-1743). He worked with many different techniques and was extremely productive. Nevertheless, his ceramics have become rare, not only because of breakage resulting from use, but also because of earthquakes, fires and the ravages of war.

Nihon no bijutsu kaiga kinshû Vol. 21
Suiboku bijutsu taikei Vol.12
Rosenfield ‘99 B.2
Beerens p. 50
Roberts p. 111