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Hashimoto Kansetsu (1883-1945) & Kiyomizu Rokubei V (1875-1959)

Sensukei kashibashi, fanshaped dish, Banzai
Signed: Kansetsu
Seals: Rokubei
Technique: fine grey crackled glaze with an aka red overglaze calligraphy with golden edges 26.5 x 20 x 6.8
Date: 1928
Box: signed by Kansetsu and Rokubei V
Condition: very good

Kansetsu was born in Kobe from a family of artistic background. His father was a painter, poet and scholar of Chinese classics, his mother an amateur painter and his grandfather a famous haiku poet. Because of his father’s reputation Kansetsu's parental home was a meeting point for artists and scholars from China as well as from Japan. After receiving his first training from his father, Kansetsu studied Shijô painting with Kataoka Kôkô (dates unknown). In 1903 he continued his studies with Takeuchi Seihô, who had just returned from Europe. They never got along really well and finally broke in 1923. From 1913 onwards Kansetsu travelled to China almost every year from 1913. He went to Europe in 1921 and 1927. These trips and his education made him a true bunjin, in the literati tradition.
Kansetsu was a member of the Art Comity of the Imperial household and Imperial Art Academy, and a constant exhibiter at the Bunten.

Kyoto 1957
Kyoto 1977
Conant pp. 293-294
Berry & Morioka ‘99 pp. 224-29
Berry & Morioka ‘08 pp. 261-63
Roberts p. 41

Rokubei V (Shôrei) (1875-1959) was the second son of Kiyomizu Rokubei IV.
Rokubei V studied Shijô painting with Kôno Bairei (1844-1895). His artist name Go: Shôrei. Kikuchi Hôbun (1862-1918), Taniguchi Kôkyô (1864-1915), Takeuchi Seihô (1864-1942) and Tsuji Kakô (1870-1931) were his classmates. He also studied at the Kyoto Prefectural School of Painting, and studied ceramic techniques with his father after graduation. His career as a ceramic artist began when he won a prize at the Fourth Domestic Industrial Exposition in 1895. He studied glazing techniques at the Kyoto Municipal Ceramic Laboratory established in 1896 and organized the Promoting Society for Craft Workers (Shokkô Shôrei-kai) with designer Kikuchi Sokû at the Laboratory in 1899. He actively worked on the study and research of new glazing techniques and (Western) designs. When Rokubei IV retired, he inherited the title and became Rokubei V in 1913. He exhibited at the Nôten, the Design and Applied Artworks Exhibition sponsored by the Ministry of Agriculture and Commerce and the Teiten, the Imperial Art Academy Exhibition. He also became a member of the Imperial Art Academy and played an important role as a leading figure of the craft world. In 1945 he retired and took the artist’s name Rokuwa.

Kyoto ‘03, ’Sekka’ p. 326 ff.

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