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Seifu Yohei Sometsuke Lightning Shaped Bowl
Enigmatic pictograms surrounded in flames and swirling patterns cover this unusual lightning bolt shaped Haisen bowl by Seifu Yohei I. The bowl is roughly 12.5 x 12.5 x 9.5 cm (5 x 5 x 3-1/2 inches) and is in fine condition, enclosed in a wooden box. Although it may well be the original box, the lid is newer and is not signed.
Seifu I was born in Kanazawa, Ishikawa prefecture (then the Kaga Feif) in 1803. He was trained in the plastic arts in Kyoto under Takahashi Dohachi II, then one of the top names in Sencha tea ware and porcelains in Kyoto. He established a kiln in the Gojo-zaka ceramics region of Kyoto, where he specialized in sometsuke porcelain, Celadon and Gold decoration. He is of course also known for Ninsei and Kenzan style pottery and pottery sencha tea ware. He died in 1861, passing the kiln on to his son the second generation Seifu.


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