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Ikeda Keisen (1863-1931) & Takahashi Dôhachi VI (Kachûtei) (1881-1941)
nihonga / sometsuke
Hanaire, flower vase, - Kari, geese
Signed: Keisen dôshi & Kachûtei Dôhachi sei
Technique: Sometsuke: blue and white porcelain with a cobalt blue underglaze decoration Ø 8,5 x 20
Date: 1928 autumn*
Box: signed by Keisen
Condition: fine

The poem, a quote of the Chinese Tang poet Cui Tu reads:
“How to calculate a thousand miles surrounded by only one blade of reed”

*Painted in the presence of His Majesty the Emperor. At the occasion of the inauguration of Emperor Shôwa in the autumn of 1928 at the Hekiunsô villa (November 10, 1928)

Keisen was born in Ise. He was the son and pupil of Ikeda Unshô (1825-1886). Together with his father he moved to Kyoto where he graduated from Kyoto Art School in 1886. He exhibited at the Bunten.

Roberts p. 52
Araki p. 1561
Aburai p. 24

Dôhachi VI was born in Kyoto as the second son of Dôhachi IV (Michiyori Kachûtei, 1845-1897). He studied with his father as well as with his brother Dôhachi V (1869-1914). He also studied at the Kyoto Municipal Ceramics Laboratory. He inherited the family headship after his brother’s death and became Dôhachi VI in 1915. He was known for his blue white porcelain and sencha ware.

Kyoto 2003 p. 327