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Yamamoto Shunkyo (1871-1933)
Nihonga/Zezeyaki
Kashibachi, Cake bowl - Niwatori, Cock and hen
Signed: Ichigatsu gantan Shihitsu Shunkyo
Seals: Zeze
Technique: Zezeyaki, earthenware from Zeze with a black tetsu-e decoration under translucent grey glaze with tiny cobalt blue speckles. Ø 18,5 x 8,5
Date: 1921 (-1933?)
Box: signed: Shunkyo ga [seal:] Shunkyo
Condition: fine

The calligraphy reads:
國家幸 Kokkakô - National hapininess (The happiness of the country)
一月元旦試筆春挙 Ichigatsu gantan Shihitsu Shunkyo -
Shunkyo’s first brushstrokes on New Years morning in the first month.


Titel on the box: Chokudai (theme of the Imperial Poetry Contest) Shatô akatsuki (Daybreak at Shintô precincts)

Shunkyo was born in Shiga prefecture. In 1885, he became a pupil of Mori Kansai (1814-1894). He also studied photography and yoga, Western-style oil painting. Together with Tsuji Kakô (1870-1931) , he worked at the Takashimaya department store, creating designs for export textiles. For a long time he was as popular as Takeuchi Seihô (1864-1942). Shunkyo was a a teacher at the Kyoto Municipal School of Arts and the Kyoto Municipal Special school of Painting and a member of the jury for the first Bunten exhibition in 1907.

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

Zezeyaki is the ceramic (tea) ware created in Otsu, on lake Biwa, former home of Zeze castle.
“With the support of local artists, Iwasaki Kenzô succeeded in reviving Zeze tea ceramics in the traditional style, beginning in 1919.” Crueger 2004, p. 149. Some of these locals where the potters Ito Tozan 1st and 2nd and Yamamoto Shunkyo. An workshop of Shunkyo is located near Kagero-en (revived zeze-yaki).


Availability: On Request