The size of Tea Cup: 3 1/4" Dia x 1 3/4" High. This is beautiful and finely made Japanese Porcelain Tea Cups, Set of 10 pcs by Seifu Yohei III who was Teishitsu Gigei-in (Imperial Household Artist). Each Tea Cup is made with fine quality porcelain and thinly made. It has Sometsuke and Red polychrome design of Cherry blossoms beautifully painted in Nabeshima style. Each Tea Cup has Seifu Yohei's Seifu Chop seal on the back each Tea Cup. It came with Tomobako and Two Tomonuno which wrapped 5 cups with chop seal of Seifu for Tea Cups. The condition all cups are excellent. Top of tomobako has Japanese Kanji writing, "Seikaji" (porcelain). Also "Chawan" (tea cupl). Inside Tomobako has "Yohei zo" (Yohei made) with his chop seal.
Seifu Yohei III (1850-1914. Kaei 3rd to Taisho 13 th)
He was born in name of Okada family of Harima no Kuni (today's Hyogo Pref.) in Japan. His name was Okada Heikichi. When he was young man he wanted to became as the painter so he became the student of Tanomura Chokunyu (1814-1907) in Osaka and studied Japanese painting and Nanga painting but he gave up as the painter because of his illness. Later he became the student of Seifu Yohei II and he changed his work to pottery
work field instead of painter. At the begining, he used the name as "Seizan"(writing in Japanese
as Kiyoi-Yama.) later he married to younger sister of Seifu Yohei II and he changed his name to Seifu as Muko-yoshi (name changed to wife family name).
In 1878 after Seifu II passed away, he succeeded as Seifu Yohei III. He studied and researched many of the techniques from Chinese works as well as Japanese traditional works. Seifu III created his own glazing and techniques which including carved design under glazing by using many his own developed techniques. He has express and developed the beauty and elegance of modern Japanese style porcelain works nobody did before. In 1893, Meiji 26th, he became the first member of Teishitsu Gigeiin (Imperial Household Artist) in Pottery category. He was a head of Kyoto Toji Kumiai (Pottery Union). He received Medal of Green Ribbon from Japanese Government. His works are in the collection of Japanese Imperial Place, as well as many Japanese major National Museum as well as has been sought and collected by worldwide major Museums, and Collectors. Also auctioned at world major auction houses, including Christies, Sotheby's, Bonham and many others.