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Yamamoto Sekisô (1872-1944) & Matsumoto Shigenobu (1864-1950)
Inuyama yaki
Chawan, tea bowl - Bamboo
Signed: Sôseki & Sigenobu-zô
Technique: Beige glazed Tokonameyaki (Inuyama yaki), with a tetsu-e, iron oxide underglaze painting of bamboo Ø 12.6 x 9
Box: Inscribed with painting for longevity by Kôhei in 1950
Condition: very good

Box inscription: 寿石致祥、庚寅初冬 Juseki chishô, kanoe-tora hatsu fuyu. With this Stone of longevity I send happiness, early winter of 1950

Sekisô, also known as Sekiyô was a Nanga painter from Handa Owari Province. 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).

The famous ceramist Matsumoto Shigenobu was born in Tokoname, the son of the ceramist Matsumoto Shigetoshi, originally a descendent from a military family.
From 1885 he produced red Tokoname stoneware (Shudei ware) with which he had great success in Japan and the United States. Shigenobu was also a skilled engraver of Tokoname-ware. In the Taisho period he concentrated on producing tea bowls.

Araki p. 483