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Yamamoto Shunkyo (1871-1933) & Zezeyaki
Zeze yaki
Natsu chawan, summer teabowl - Warabikago, Basket with warabi, fern shoots
Signed: Shunkyo with kaô
Seals: Zeze
Technique: glazed Zezerakuyaki with a black tetsu-e, iron oxide underglaze decoration Ø 12 x 7.1
Box: signed by Shunkyo and Kion-dō kaihi kinen (in commemoration of ...)
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.

Reference:
Kyôto 1982
Shiga 1985
Shiga 2000
Berry & Morioka ‘99 pp. 126-127
Conant pp. 330-331
Roberts p. 196
Yôenen was the potter who started up Zezeyaki.

Zezeyaki (せ々焼) or Kagerôen (陽炎園) is earthenware from a kiln in Ôtsu established by Iwasaki Kenzô in 1919 with the assistance of Shunkyo and Ito Tôzan.

Reference:
Crueger 2004, p. 149.

Price: EUR 850 / USD 952