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Chikuden, Tanomura (1777-1835) & Hôko
Kashibashi - Bowl for sweets, Landscape
Signed: Chikuden sei
Seals: Chikuden & Hôkô
Technique: Kyoyaki with a cobalt blue overglaze painting 18 x 7,5
Box: double authorized in 1925 by Kanô Tessai (1845-1925)
Condition: fine

(Tessai was a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Tokyo and Nara and a netsuke carver.)

Hard to read but possibly the inscription reads:
Village and river lie in [the light of] the sun,
The evening sets in the heaven in the south
As the light fades from the sun,
The moon shines on the edges of the roof

Chikuden was trained as a doctor, but being only the second son, he received permission to give up the family occupation at the age of 23. He studied Chinese poetry, painting and history. He became the historian of Bungo province.
In 1813 Chikuden resigned, started travelling and devoted himself to artistic pursuits. He studied painting with Watanabe Hôtô (1752?-1833) and poetry in Kyoto. In 1826 he moved to Nagasaki to study recently imported Chinese poetry. Chikuden was ranked among the first of the bunjin Nanga painters. His pupils, especially his adopted son Tanomura Chokunyû (1814-1907), carried on the legacy of Chikuden throughout the 19th and early 20th century.

Oita 1982
Oita 1999
Berry & Morioka ’08 p. 302-03 (# 21)
Roberts p. 13
Araki p. 638 ff.

Availability: On Request