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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Rare! Seifu Yohei II large Sometsuke Porcelain Bowl

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Porcelain: Pre 1900: Item # 1457333

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Intense cobalt blue describes a cornucopia of natures beauty about the outside of this large bowl by Seifu Yohei II, while inside scholars and sages wander through a bucolic lakeside landscape dotted with pavilions. Birds flit among the trees on the raucous scene, with a rabbit and symbols of fortune hidden among the foliage. The large bowl is slightly oblong, 21-23 cm diameter, 11 cm tall and in excellent condition. There are some firing flaws about the base ring (as visible in the photographs), no damage.
Seifu Yohei I (1803-1861) founded the Seifu dynasty in Kyoto. He was born in powerful Kaga-kuni, modern day Kanazawa prefecture. After apprenticing with the second generation Dohachi, he established his own kiln in the Gojo-zaka pottery district of Kyoto. Seifu Yohei II (1844-1878) took over that world upon his father’s death and continued to elevate the family name. His work was presented at the Philadelphia Worlds Fair in 1876, that piece was purchased at the time by the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. He held the reigns for only a short time, and died at the very young age of 34, leaving the kiln to brother in law, who would hurl the name of Seifu onto the annals of history recording the highest qualities of world porcelain artistry. For more on this illustrious lineage see the book Seifu Yohei by Seki Kazuo (2012).