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Seifu Yohei I (1803 - 1861) (Scroll down for more information.)
According to Captain Frank Brinkley's book, Japan: It's History Arts and Literature (Vol. 8, pg. 226), Seifu Yohei I was born in Gojozaka, the son of a bookseller. He moved to Kyoto where he studied under Dohachi II and opened his own factory in 1844. Brinkley states that Seifu I manufactured both pottery and porcelain.
This vase is a tribute to the Shonzui style/school or Gorodayu Go-Shonzui who spent 5 years in China studying the manufacturing process of underglaze blue in the 16th century. The vase is signed Gorodayu Go-Shonzui Zo. It also bears the impressed stamp of Seifu Yohei I on the side. The tomobako is original.
Height: 6.5 inches
Width: 3.75 inches
Age: Edo (1844 - 1861)
Mark: Impressed mark of Seifu Yohei I & underglaze blue Gorodayu Go-Shonzui Zo