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Yamamoto Shunkyo (1871-1933)
Zeze yaki - Nihonga
Kyûsu, tea pot: Môgyû tokujun, a domesticated fierce bull
Signed: Shunkyo & kaô
Seals: Seal in shape of Lake Biwa
Technique: Zezeyaki, brown crackled earthenware with a tetsu-e underglaze iron oxide brown painting. Ø 8 x 7 (12 x 10 x7)
Box: authorized by his son Yamamoto Kiyohide (>†1985)

The inscription reads: Môgyû tokujun, a domesticated fierce bull

Concerning the inscription on the box It seems that this teapot belonged to inventory of Shunkyô’s studio.

Shunkyo was born in Shiga prefecture. When he moved to Kyoto he studied painting with Nomura Bunkyo (1854-1911). When Bunkyo moved to Tokyo in 1885, Shunkyo became a pupil of Mori Kansai (1814-1894). Together with Tsuji Kakô (1870-1931) he worked at Takashimaya creating designs for export textiles. He studied photography and yoga, Western-style oil painting. After 1900 he became one of the most successful Nihonga artists in Kyoto and his juku (private teaching school) was as popular as the one of Takeuchi Seihô (1864-1942). As a teacher at the Kyoto Municipal School of Arts and the Kyoto Municipal Special school of Painting he presented himself as a modernist, wearing dark western suits, (brushes peeking out of his pockets) and wearing a rose on his lapel. When the Bunten, the yearly government exhibition made its start in 1907 Shunkyo was appointed jury member.

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

Zezeyaki or Kagerôen is earthenware from a kiln in Ôtsu (next door to Shunkyo’s house) established by Iwasaki Kenzô in 1919 with the assistance of Shunkyo and Ito Tôzan (1846-1920)

Availability: On Request