|Hirao Chikka (1856-1939)|
Kashibachi, fruit bowl - Ju - Gogfuku tenrai, Longevity, Five divine batsSigned: Nanjûgosô Chikka sanjin
Technique: Beige brittle kyôyaki, with multi coloured underglaze decorations of bats Ø 18.5 x 7.9
Chikka was born as the son of a potter in the service of the kiln of the daimyô of Sasayama, Tanba prefecture (nowadays called Hyôgu). In Kyoto Chikka became a pupil of the Shijô school painter Shiokawa Bunrin (1808-1877). After his death Chikka studied with the Nanga painter Tanômura Chokunyû (1814-1907).
He traveled extensively with his teacher and on his own, absorbing various local traditions. An important artist who assisted in the founding of the Nihon Nanga-in organization of painters.
Araki p. 665