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74/1. Yamamoto Shunkyo (1871-1933) & Miura Chikusen II (1882-1920)
Set of two square kachibachi, bowls for sweets, pine shoots - Furô mannen, perennial youth for ten thousend years
Signed: Shunkyo saku and Chikusen kan sei
Technique: Kyoyaki sometsuke (Seikaji) - Translucent blue and white porcelain with a hand-painted cobalt blue underglaze decoration. ☐ 13.5 x 10.5
Box: signed by both potter and painter
Condition: fine

Shunkyo was born in Shiga prefecture. He studied painting with Nomura Bunkyo (1854-1911), but after Bunkyo moved to Tokyo in 1885, Shunkyo became a pupil of Mori Kansai (1814-1894). Together with Tsuji Kakô (1870-1931) he worked at Takashimaya department store where they created designs for export textiles. He studied photography and yôga (western-style oil painting). After 1900 he became one of the most successful Nihonga artists in Kyoto and his juku (private school) was as popular as that of Takeuchi Seihô (1864-1942). After his return to Shiga, his house and studio near Lake Biwa were located next-door to the Zezeyaki kiln, which he helped revive.

Kyôto 1982
Shiga 1985
Shiga 2000
Berry & Morioka ‘99 pp. 126-127
Conant pp. 330-331
Roberts p. 196

After the death of his father in 1915 Miura Chikusen II inherited the kiln. He
died young and after his death in 1920 the business went to his younger brother.