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Konoshima Ôkoku (1877-1938) & Miura Chikusen III (1900-1990)
nihonga
Chawan, tea bowl - Hakuhan, White sails
Signed:
Seals: Chikusen
Technique: Beige Kyoyaki with fine crackled glaze with a black underglaze painting Ø 12,5 x 7,2
Box: signed by both painter and potter
Condition: fine

Ôkoku is known as a delicate sensitive painter of kachôga and landscapes. He was a rather independent artist, who remained true to his own high standards and didn’t allow himself to be influenced by fashion. In his early career he was a successful artist, a frequent winner of prizes at the Bunten; and from 1913 on a juror for both Bunten and Teiten. In his later years he increasingly felt unrecognized and turned to poetry and calligraphy. His sense of lonliness probably had to do with his independent attitude.
Ôkoku, studied painting with Imao Keinen (1845-1924) and at the same time he studied Chinese classics with the Confucianist Yamamoto Keigu (1827-1903).

Reference:
Roberts p. 89
Araki p.2756
20th. p.171
Morioka & Berry ‘99 pp. 206-11 (# 58-59)

Chikusen Miura III (1900-90) succeeded his his older brother Chikusen II (1882-1920). He headed the family kiln at Gojozaka established by his father Chikusen I (1854-1915), a pupil of Takahashi Dôhachi III (1811-79), from 1920 to 1931.
In 1931 he turned the kiln over to his nephew Chikusen Miura IV (1911-1976), the son of Chikusen II to become the fourth generation. After which Chikusen III changed his name to Chikken. He opened his own kiln and remained an independent potter.

Reference:
Roberts p. 109

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