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27.1 Ikai Shôkoku (1881-1939) with Daimaru Hoppô (1879-1959)
Teppatsu, begging bowl - Rural cottage at dawn
Signed: Shôkoku ga and kaô
Seals: Hoppô
Technique: Kyôyaki sometsuke (Seikaji) - Translucent blue and white porcelain with a hand painted cobalt blue underglaze decoration. Ø 18 x 10
Box: signed by both painter and potter
Condition: fine, but hairline inside caused by stamp at the bottom

Shôkoku was born in Kyoto. He studied under Taniguchi Kôkyô (1864-1915) and graduated from the Kyoto Municipal School of Fine arts and Crafts in 1900.
Upon his graduation, Shôkoku was immediately accepted as a professor at the Kyoto University of Art. Like Kôkyô he concentrated on rekishi-ga, historical scenes. He was a member of the Kyoto Bijutsu Kyôkai and displayed at the Bunten National Exhibition from 1909. He died at the height of his career at the age of 58.

Roberts p. 51
Araki p. 2487
Aburai p. 21

Hoppô (Hokuhô) was born in Kaga in Ishigawa province. The Kutani ceramist Ôkura Seishichi (1835-1918) taught him to decorate porcelain. In 1899 he went to Kyoto to study with Kitayama Sekisen.and China. From 1906-1909 Hoppô lived in China and taught the technique of porcelain at the Hunansheng Zhitao Xuetang, the Academy of Ceramics in Hunan province nd at the same time he studied the history of Chinese porcelain. Back in Kyoto he concentrated on tea ceramics. He was considered one of the best porcelain artists in Kyoto, a winner of many prizes at world exhibitions. Entrenched in the Kyoto literati world, he is known to have worked with many artists on joint ventures such as this. He also worked for the imperial court.

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