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Kawabata Gyokushô (1842-1913) & Takahashi Dôhachi IV (1845-1897)
Chawan, tea bowl - Gyôbai, morning plum
Signed: Gyokushô & kaô
Seals: Dôhachi
Technique: Gohonde Kyoyaki, stoneware from Kyoto, with a tetsu-e, iron oxide decoration with white slip over crackled glaze. Wari kodai , split footring. Ø 10.9 x 8.2
Box: signed
Condition: fine

Gyokushô was born in Kyôto, the son of a lacquer worker. He studied Shijô style painting with Nakajima Raishô (1796-1871) and Nanga painting with Oda Kaisen (1785-1862) for a very short while. To study Western painting under Charles Wirgman (1832-1891) and Takahashi Yuichi (1828-1894) he left for Tokyo in 1866. But before long he returned to the Shijô-style. In 1889 he became a professor at the Tokyo School of Fine Arts teaching the Shijô style of painting from the Kansai district. With Kanô Hôgai (1828-1888) and Hashimoto Gahô (1835-1908) he was a leading figure in Tokyo art circles.

Roberts p.71
Aburai pp. 134-135
Araki p. 418
Conant p. 303-304
Kyoto '98 p. 275

Takahashi Dohachi IV is descended from one of the three most famous Kyoto potter families.