|Tomioka Tessai (1837-1924) & Miura Chikusen I (1854-1915)|
Yokode kyûsu, side handled tea potSigned: Tessai gaishi and Shigetsu'an Chikusen-sei
Technique: Hakuji, white porcelain with an overglaze calligraphy Ø 9,5 x 9,5 x (13 x 11)
Box: signed by Chikusen
The inscription reads: 空山不見人、但聞人語響 - Kûzan hito o mizu, tada jingo no hibiku o kiku.
In desolate mountains you do not see people but you hear them talking.
From Wang Wei 王維: Lu chai 鹿柴, The Deer Enclosure
Miura Chikusen I was the second son of Watanabe Ihei owner of the tea store Kazuyasu-dô in Teramachi Nijô. In 1867 he studied under Takahashi Dôhach III (1811-1879). Sixteen years later In 1883 he left his teacher and he established his kiln at Gôjôsaka in Kyoto. He became known first for his celadon ware, his different types of glazing and later for his imitations of various foreign wares. Moreover, he inserted gems and coral in porcelain, and sculptured it. In 1903 he translated the ‘T’ao Shuo’, the famous book on Ching-dynasty porcelains.
Chikusen was often found in the company of bunjin and he was taught to paint by Tanomura Chokunyû (1814-1907). He established his name on a grand scale, passing on the business to his son Chikusen II (1882-1920).
Roberts p. 109
Graham p. 171-172