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Two bowls by Seifu Yohei III encsed in wooden boxes, one signed by the artist and bearing the Teishitsu Gigei-in Seal. The first is an ivory colored porcelain delicately engraved with an auspicious mushroom shape and enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The other is pottery in a double bun shape decorated with blossoms in red and gold. They are 8 and 7 inches (19.5 and 18 cm) diameter respectively.
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. His eldest son (1921-1990) succeeded as the 5th generation head of the family.