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66/2. Matsumura Keibun (1779-1843) & Kiyomizu Rokubei II (1790-1860)
Mokôzuke, ‘In one’s presence’ - set of 5 flower decorated tea cups,
Signed: Keibun and Kaô
Technique: beige brown fine craqueled glazed Kyôyaki with a tetsu-e, iron oxyde underglaze decoration Ø 10,3 x 6.5
Box: Authorised in 1940 (Kôki 2060) by Kiyomizu Rokubei V (1875-1959)
Condition: fine

Keibun was the younger brother of the painter and poet Matsumura Go Shun (1752-1811). Go Shun was, in fact, 27 years older than Keibun and took care of his education. After Go Shun’s death in 1811, Keibun inherited the studio on Shijô Street. Together with Okamoto Toyohiko (1773-1845), he carried on the Shijô School, Keibun specializing in kachôga and Toyohiko in landscape painting. Keibun was one of Kyoto’s leading artists and he educated many talented pupils who became well-known artists.

Roberts p. 74
Araki p. 2948
Hillier pp. 126-136
Kyoto '98 p. 292

Rokubei II was born in 1790 in Kyoto, he was the son of Rokubei I. He studied under his father until the latter's death in 1799. At just nine years of age, he was too young to take over the family kiln. He continued his studies until 1811, when he became atelier head as Rokubei II. As such, he continued the traditions begun by his father, particularly the development of coloured, semi-transparent glazes. He produced pieces inspired by various types of pottery, including Seto ware and Shigaraki ware. In later life, he worked in blue and white porcelain, although it has been suggested this was not his strength.
In 1838, Rokubei II retired to be succeeded by his second son, Kuritarou. Rokubei II took the name Rokuichi . In 1840 he was asked by the daimyō of Nagaoka in Echigo (present-day Niigata) to open a kiln. He did in 1843, creating the Oyama-yaki pottery. He died in 1860.


Awatayaki is a type of Japanese pottery from Kyoto. It is related to other Kyō wares such as Mizoro ware and Kiyomizu ware, but denotes the kiln it originates from. The origin lies in the Awataguchi area of Kyoto. Awata kilns also produced Satsuma ware at one point.

Price: EUR 2,500 / USD 2,875