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Yamamoto Sekisô (1872-1944)
Set of 5 yunomi, tea cups - Pines
Signed: Sekiyô sanjin (ga)
Seals: Inuyama
Technique: Inuyamayaki, grey crackled stoneware from Inuyama near Nagoya, with a decoration in black (outside) and red overglaze (inside). Ø 7 x 5
Date: Midsummer 1930
Condition: fine

The inscriptions read:
1x 不騫不崩 Fuken fuhô, ‘never falling, never collapsing’, a quote from the Shijing, book of Odes 166, China 1000 BC
1x 松風可人 Shôfû kanin, ‘wind from the pines is a man welcome’
3x 松風健人 Shôfû kenjin, ‘wind from the pines makes a man powerful’

Sekisô, also known as Sekiyô was a Nanga painter from Handa Owari Province (Nowadays Aichi prefecture). He was the son and pupil of Yamamoto Baisô (1846-1921). Baisô, a pupil of Nukina Kaioku (1778-1863), was considered to be one of the three Nanga masters together with Kodama Katei (1841-1913) and Yoshitsugu Haizan (1846-1915).
Sekisô ‘decorated’ a lot Inuyamayaki, often in cooperation with the famous Owari potter Matsumoto Shigenobu (1864-1950).

Araki p. 483

Price: EUR 400 / USD 456