The size of each Tokkuri: 3 1/2" Dia x 4 15/16" High (90 mm x 120 mm). This is beautiful and finely made Japanese Porcelain Tokkuri (sake bottle) set of 4 pcs by Seifu Yohei III (1851-1914) who was Teishitsu Gigei-in (Imperial Household Artist). Each Tokkuri is made with fine quality porcelain. It has Sometsuke and Red polychrome design of Cherry blossoms beautifully painted in th style of Nabeshima work. Each Tokkuri has the seal of Seifu III on the bottom. It came with Tomobako. Japanese Kanji writing on top of Tomobako said, "Seikaji, Sake-tsubo" (porcelain, sake bottle) with Seifu III seal. Inside Tomobako cover has Yohei Zo, Yohei made, with his chop seal on the side. The condition of Tokkuri are excellent. No chip, no crack and no hairline on 3 Tokkuri. Please note 4th Tokkuri has minor chip on top edge as our photo showing. Dating of Tea Pots from around Meiji 30, 1897.
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.