The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures

Robert Mangold has been working with Japanese antiques since 1995 with an emphasis on ceramics, Paintings, Armour and Buddhist furniture.
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10 covered ceramic Dishes by Seifu Yohei III

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Multi colored paulownia crests decorate these covered Mukozuke dishes by Seifu Yohei III enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Momoyama Yaki Chokaku Mukozuke and bearing the Teishitsu Gigei-in seal of the Imperial Art Academy. Each is 12.5 x 9.5 x 5 cm (5 x 3-3/4 x 2 inches) and are in excellent condition but for one which has a top quality gold repair. According to the Kimbell Art Museum: ‘The mukozuke is a small, deep bowl used for serving side dishes in the traditional kaiseki meal that precedes the drinking of ceremonial tea’. They are essential in fact in almost all Japanese food service, and come I all shapes, sizes and designs.
Seifu Yohei III (1851-1914) was the adopted son of Yohei II. Sent at the age of twelve to study painting under then the top Nanga artist Tanomura Chokunyu, he returned in 1865 due to illness. The next year he entered as an apprentice the Seifu studio, then under the control of the second generation. As so often happens in these situations, in 1872 he married the daughter, becoming a “Yoji” or adopted son of Yohei II and taking the family name, established himself as an individual artist. Within the year his genius was discovered, and works by him were sent to the Vienna World Exposition. Seifu II retires of illness in 1878, and III succeeds the family kiln. Once again he is honored as the new head of the kiln to produce the dinnerware for the former president of the US Ulysses Grant. His work was highly acclaimed, both domestically and abroad, drawing honors and prizes at the Naikoku Hakurankai (National Exhibition), Chicago and Paris World expositions and being named one of the first members of the Imperial Art Academy specializing in ceramics in 1893 (Tei shitsu Gigei In). Works by this rare artist are held in Museums and collections throughout the world. He was succeeded by the fourth generation Seifu (1871-1951) in 1914.