Tong-shaped Vase with Band of Cloud

1893–97

Seifū Yohei III 三代清風与平

(Japanese, 1851–1914)
height: 26.7 cm (10 1/2 in.); Diameter: 11.4 cm (4 1/2 in.); height with stand: 29.8 cm (11 3/4 in.)
Location: not on view
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Seifū Yohei III mined the repertoire of Chinese vessel types, from ceramics modeled after ancient ritual bronzes to shapes developed in the Yuan (1279–1368) and Ming (1368–1644) dynasties.

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Seifū Yohei III (1851–1914) was a son of the Maruyama school painter Okada Ryōhei (dates unknown). Though he studied painting, he ultimately succeeded his ceramics mentor, Seifū Yohei II (1845–1878), in Kyoto. He distinguished himself as a remarkable porcelain artist, taking Qing dynasty Chinese wares as his inspiration. He experimented widely with new glazing techniques. In 1893, he became the first ceramicist to be appointed as an Imperial Household Artist under a system introduced by the Japanese government in 1890. He produced many works for use in Chinese-style tea gatherings called sencha.
Tong-shaped Vase with Band of Cloud

Tong-shaped Vase with Band of Cloud

1893–97

Seifū Yohei III

(Japanese, 1851–1914)
Japan, Meiji period (1868–1912)

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