Let's continue with another treasure: rounded wan-shaped tea bowl with high foot of the bamboo node style. The body pinched in at the middle to a shape called tojinbue (Chinese flute). The light, little coarse clay with enclosures is expertly thrown and full glazed - incl. the foot - with a transparent glaze of wood ash with some feldspar over a white engobe in hakeme style. The glaze shows a fine little crazing over the engobe, which is just amazing. It shows discoloration and patina from green tea, a sign of many years of careful use. The bowl was made before he transferred the 'Rokubei' name to his son in 1913.
The tea bowl is in its ORIGINAL wooden BOX (sugibako), which is inscribed on the lid: hakeme chawan Rokubei (kao) and seal.
Kiyomizu Rokubei is the name assigned to the head of the Kyoto-based Kiyomizu family of ceramists. With over 240 years of history, the studio is now into its eighth generation. It is currently headed by contemporary ceramist and sculptor Rokubei VIII. The family were influential in the development and survival of Kyo-yaki or Kyoto ware.
Rokubei IV was born in 1848, the oldest son of Rokubei III. He took over the headship in 1883 upon his father's death. He was known for his subtle, intellectual works, which contrasted with his father's dramatic style. Most of his pieces were Raku-yaki, Seto-yaki, Shigaraki-yaki, and other traditional ceramic styles. He was especially skilled at crab decorations, a trend of the period. He studied painting with Shiokawa Bunrin, a Shijō school painter who was strongly influenced by Western art.
Rokubei IV was active in Kyoto art circles, helping to establish the Gojōzaka Ceramics Union, the Yutōen ceramics organization, the Society for Ceramics Appreciation, and the Kami Kai with painter/ designer Kamisaka Sekka. In 1895 he co-founded the Kyoto Ceramic Research Institute. He participated in initiatives to popularize Japanese arts abroad. During the 1880s, he participated in art exhibitions as a competitor and judge. He retired in 1913 in favour of his son, and took the name Rokui. He died in 1920, leaving a legacy of having synthesized the techniques of the Kiyomizu family and truly defined the Rokubei style. A porcelain tōrō lantern made by Rokubei IV donated by Rokubei V in 1938 stands on the grounds of the Tokyo National Museum garden.
Size: 6.7 cm height x 12,3 cm in diameter.