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Kôno Seiko (1881-1945) & Kiyomizu Rokubei V (1875-1959)
Raku kyôyaki
Kashibachi, bowl for sweets - Rock with reishi
Signed: Seiko..
Seals: Kiyo
Technique: Handshaped glazed orange Raku kyôyaki with a underglaze painting in black and red Ø19.5 x 3
Box: signed by Seiko with seal of Rokubei
Condition: very good

Konô Seiko was born in Kyoto, son of Konô Bairei (1844-1895) and the younger brother of Morimoto Tokaku (died 1905).
He studied with his father and Takeuchi Seiho (1864-1942).

Rokubei V (Shôrei) (1875-1959) was the second son of Kiyomizu Rokubei IV.
Rokubei V studied Shijô painting with Kôno Bairei (1844-1895). 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.

Reference:
Kyoto ‘03, ’Sekka’ p. 326 ff.

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