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67. Yamamoto Baiitsu (1783-1856)
Machaki, set for green tea - Sansui, landscape
Signed: Baiitsu and kaô
Seals: Banko
Technique: Bankoyaki, gold decorated grey stone ware from white clay with coloured decorations of a landscape
Condition: Used. One cup has a kintsugi, gold restoration at the rim, otherwise fine

kyûsu, teapot, Ø 10.8 x 8.8, yuzamashi, cooler, Ø 11.1 x 4, chawan, tea cup Ø 6.6 x 3.9

Baiitsu was a fanatic devotee of bunjincha, and producing the utensils for his own tearoom.

He was born in Nagoya, son of a sculptor in the service of the Owari clan. Baiitsu studied painting with the Shijô painter Chô Gesshô (1772-1832) and he became a protégé of Kamiya Ten'yû (1721-1801), a wealthy collector of Chinese paintings in Nagoya. Together with Chikutô, another uchi deshi (resident pupil) they learned Chinese painting styles.

After the death of Ten’yû in 1802, both Chikutô and Baiitsu traveled to Kyoto. In 1803 Baiitsu traveled Japan (using Nagoya as his base). In 1814 he spent considerable time in Edo with Bunchô. Baiitsu as well as Chikutô were acquainted with many of their fellow bunjin like Shunkin, Chikuden and Okada Hankô (1782-1846). Baiitsu taught many pupils and together with Chikutō they were considered two best Nanga painters working in Nagoya. Baiitsu finally returned in 1854 to retire under the patronage of the Owari clan.

Roberts p. 7
Rosenfield p. 111-113
Cahill pp. 120,124
Addiss '76 p. 166

Bankoyaki is a traditional ceramic technique from white clay. The first Bankoyaki was luxurious tea ware was made in 1736 by the wealthy amateur potter Numami Rōzan (1718-1777) in Yokkaichi in Mie Prefecture.

Price: EUR 2,000 / USD 2,300