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Rai San'yô (1780-1832) & Takahashi Dôhachi I (II) (Nin’ami) (1783-1855)
Konro, brazier
Signed: San'yô gaishi
Seals: Nin’ami, Rai Jô, Kono (Jin ko no jin)(top)
Technique: grey and green glazed Kiyoyaki with an underglaze callgraphy Ø12,5 x 14,9
Condition: Used. Some chipping of the glaze, otherwise very good

The inscription reads: 柳絲緻凉動 - ”A chilly breeze makes the catkins of the willow shiver.”

Rai San’yô was a pivotal figure in the bunjin network.
San’yô was born in Osaka when his father was teaching there. He came from an intellectual family; originally the family were rich merchants from the Hiroshima region; his father Rai Shunsui (1746-1816) was the Confucian teacher to the daimyô of Aki. San’yô’s grandfather studied Japanese poetry, his uncle Rai Kyôhei (1756-1834) was a Confucian and advisor to the Aki domain, and his mother, Rai Baishi (1760-1843), was a poet in Chinese and a scholar.

He was a student at the Shôheikô, the governmental Neo-Confucian academy, for a brief period and was further educated by family members. When he was forced into a marriage that immediately collapsed. He went to Kyoto, where he ruined his life. Disinherited by his father in1804 he was forced to earn his living as a teacher and writer for the rest of his life. He was a gifted painter, calligrapher and poet, and is revered as one of Japan’s greatest historians.

Rosenfield ’99 B.75
Hempel p. 168 ff.
Roberts p. 138
Araki p. 149

Nin’ami, along with Mokubei (# 2) and Eiraku Hozen (1795-1854), is considered one of the great masters of Kyoto pottery of the late Tokugawa period.
Nin’ami is often referred to as Dōhachi I. However, because his father was likewise active as a potter under that name we also find him designated as Dōhachi II. Nin’ami studied with Okuda Eisen(1753-1811), who had also been the teacher of Mokubei. From 1806 he was permitted to conduct official business with the prince-abbot (monzeki) of the Shoren-in temple, which secured his reputation.
Dōhachi is associated with cha no yu, unlike Mokubei, who often worked for the sencha, the Chinese-style tea ceremony.

Roberts p. 18
Jenyns 1971 p. 246-247
Jenyns 1965 p. 295-297