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Finely drawn chrysanthemums on a field of ivory porcelain. The flowers are placed on the outside and inside edges of one half of the bowl drawing the eye away from the center and giving this piece a unique perspective.
Seifū Yohei IV, Seizan (1871-1951) was the second son of Seifū Yohei III (1851-1914) who was awarded the title of Teishitsu Gigeiin or “Imperial Court Artist” in 1893. He studied literati-style painting under Tanomura Shōsai (1845-1909)—a son of Tanomura Chokunyū—in Osaka for three years. In 1914, he succeeded to the head of the family and produced works mostly in his father’s style. He won a number of prizes including the Golden Prize at the Panama Pacific International Exposition, San Francisco in 1916 and the exhibitions of the Japan Art Association in 1916 and 1918. In addition, he produced several works for members of the Imperial family.
This piece is 7.1 inches in diameter (18 cm) and stands 3 inches tall (7.7 cm). It bears the artist’s seal on the base of the bowl and comes with its original signed and stamped tomobako. It is in excellent condition.