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Tomioka Tessai (1837-1924) & Kiyomizu Rokubei IV (1847-1920) (Shôrin)
Mizusashi, water vessel, Street vendor
Signed: Tessai Gaishi
Seals: Tomioka Hyakuren, Tetsu dôjin, Kyo
Technique: Grey and pink glazed Kyoyaki with a black tetsu-e, iron oxyde underglaze decoration Ø 16,3 x 17
Condition: fine

The inscription unread.

Rokubei IV (Shôrin) was the first son of Rokubei III (Shôun). He studied painting with Shiokawa Bunrin (1801-1877). After his father’s death he inherited the family title in 1883. He was a close friend of Tomioka Tessai (1836-1924) and of Kôno Bairei (1844-1895). He was a great promoter of Kyôyaki and already in 1884 he established the Ceramics Commercial and Industrial Association. He actively studied design and participated in the Yûtôen, organized by Asai Chû (1856-1907) and in the Kabikai, presided over by Sekka (# 58).

In 1913 he retired due to poor health, transferring the title of the family to his second son Kuritarô, who became Rokubei V (Shôrei) (1875-1959). He then took the artist’s name Rokkyo. The style of Rokubei IV is quiet and elegant, reflecting his own refined character. His works are considered the best among all the works of the succeeding Rokubei generations.