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78. Suzuki Shônen (1848-1918) & Eiraku Wazen (1823-1896)

Set of 2 large Chachô tea pots - Bamboo
Signed: Shônen Senshi hitsu, Kikukei
Seals: Shônen
Technique: Grey glazed Kyoyaki with blue modelled bamboo and a black glazed lid Ø 141 x 70 (2x)
Box: signed by Wazen
Condition: fine

Shônen’s life-style is reflected in his paintings: bold and full of self-confidence.
He was the son and pupil of the Kyoto Shijô artist Suzuki Hyakunen (1825-1891). At a very early age he already achieved great skill and worked in a spontaneous, bold and impromptu manner. In 1881 he succeeded Kôno Bairei (1844-1895) at the Kyôto Art Academy, teaching Northern Chinese painting, where he taught until 1888. In 1886 he also started teaching at the Kyôto Prefectural School of painting, the same school he attended as a pupil. In his later years Shônen was an extremely influential person in the Kyôto art circles.

Reference:
Roberts p. 167
Araki p. 2792
Aburai. p. 218
Morioka & Berry ‘99 p. 106-111
Morioka & Berry ‘08 (# 69)

Eiraku Wazen (Zengoro XII) (Kikukei) was the son of Eiraku Hozen (1795-1854). He worked primarily in Kyoto and specialised in producing ceramics with textures. In 1882 Wazen built the Kikutanigama kiln, near the Kikutani brook.

Reference:
Roberts p. 194

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