Porcelain with molded and carved design and underglaze color
Height: 20.6 cm (8 1/8 in.); Diameter: 15.9 cm (6 1/4 in.); height with stand: 25.4 cm (10 in.)
Gift of James and Christine Heusinger 2022.199
In 1893, Seifū Yohei III became the first ceramicist to be appointed as an Imperial Household Artist under a system introduced by the Japanese government in 1890.
One of Seifū Yohei III’s most visually impactful techniques, seen in this work, was to combine complex low-relief designs in clay surrounded by diffused underglaze blue or pink, which he then covered with a transparent or translucent glaze. Yohei III also experimented with clay bodies ranging from bluish white to ivory combined with translucent cream-colored glazes. The atmospheric effects he achieved were considered remarkable.
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