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Lovely Japanese Blue and White Shonzui-Te Chawan by Seifu Yohei IV
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Lovely Japanese Blue and White Shonzui-Te Chawan by Seifu Yohei IV

The size of Chawan: 4 15/16 " Dia x 2 13/16" High (125 mm x 72 mm). This is beautiful Japanese Porcelain Sometsuke (blue and white) Chawan (Bowl) in Shonzui-Te(style). It is done in Chinese Shonzui Te(Style) Bowl. It came with Tomobako. The Japanese writing on the cover, " Shonzui I, Chawan"(Shonzui Style, Chawan). with chop seal of Seifu. IV. Inside cover has signature of Seifu zo (Seifu 4th made) with his chop seal. There is Seifu IV's signature done in Sometsuke at near the bottom edge on the side of bowl. The Sometsuke design on Chawan is done with very fine detail works design of Two birds on the bamboo at the front, surrounded by many boats and round design. Top rim area with fine geometric design band. The condition of Chawan is excellent, no chip, no crack and no hairline. Chawan was made before the war, 1930-40's.

Shonzui is one of Sometsuke Porcelain made in China, during late Ming Dynasty era. The design of Shonzui was ordered by Japanese for their Tea Ceremony utensils, not only, Chawan, also for Mizusashi (water pour), Kogo, Chaire as well as Yunomi (hot water drinking cup).

Seifu Yohei IV (Seizan: 1871-1951) The second son of Seifu Yohei III (1851-1914) who was the member of Teishitsu Gigeiin(Imperial Household Artist member). He studied literati-style painting under Tanomura Shosai (1845-1909), a son of Tanomura Chokunyu, in Osaka for three years. In 1914, he succeeded to the head of the family and produced works mostly in his father's style. He won a number of prizes including the Golden Prize at the Panama Pacific International Exposition, San Francisco in 1916 and the exhibitions of the Japan Art Association in 1916 and 1918. He produced several works for members of the Imperial family. His works has been collected by many world wide collectors since Seifu III are in British Museum as well as Tokyo National Museum and around the world. Recent trend is also toward to Seifu Yohei IV in same manner.
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