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Hashimoto Kansetsu (1883-1945) & ItôTôzan II (1871-1937)
Chawan, tea bowl - Hana, flowers
Signed: Kansetsu
Seals: Tôzan
Technique: fine grey glazed red kyôyaki with a blue tetsu-e, iron oxide underglaze decoration Ø12.9 x 6.1
Box: Signed by Ito Tôzan and authorized by (Hakushû sanjin?)
Condition: fine

Kansetsu was born in Kobe. His father was a specialist of Chinese studies and a painter in the literati style. His mother was a competent amateur painter and his grandfather had practiced haiku. Kansetsu’s parental home was a meeting point for scholars and artists. Kansetsu first studied painting with his father and subsequently took up the Maruyama-Shijō style with Kataoka Kōkō (dates unknown). In 1903 he became a disciple of Takeuchi Seihō (1864-1942), an immensely influential figure in the Kyoto art world. Seihō had been included in an official delegation that had visited Europe in 1900, a trip that had opened up new artistic horizons for him. Elements of European impressionism can be detected in Kansetsu’s work. Although interested in European art (he travelled to Europe in 1921 and 1927), his main interest was China. He went to China almost every year from 1913 on, all in all more than thirty times. In 1935 he was appointed a member of the Imperial Fine Arts Academy and in 1939 he received the Asahi Culture Prize. His former Kyoto house is now a museum.

Kyoto 1957
Kyoto 1977
Conant pp. 293-294
Berry & Morioka ‘99 pp. 224-29
Berry & Morioka ‘08 pp. 261-63
Roberts p. 41

Itô Tôzan II, born Shiga, was the adopted son of the Imperial Court Artist Itô Tôzan I (1846-1920). Though Tôzan I was most celebrated for his earthenware ceramics, his successor was known also for his porcelain ceramics executed on the same quality level as the original master. His pieces are extremely hard to find as one usually sees the work of his son. With Shunkyo (1871-1933) he helped by Iwasaki Kenzô in 1919 to reestablish Kagerôen the kiln for the production of Zeze yaki in Ôtsu

Price: EUR 900 / USD 1,008