Seifu Yohei V (1921-1991) Showa era (1926-1989), 20th century Size : Dia. 4.9"(12.5cm) x Height 3.0"(7.6cm)
This is a vintage Japanese tea bowl of Kyo ware, which was made by the 1st class potter, the 5th Yohei Seifu about 30 years ago. Mt. Fuji and ocean are hand-painted on the bowl. The seal of the potter is stamped on the bottom. Kyo ware is one of Japanese the most traditional wares, which was started around 1590. They are typically painted with overglaze enamel pigments.
Seifu Yohei (1813-1861)
Alhough born the son of a Kanazawa feudal retainer, Seifu Yohei aspired to be a potter. In 1815, he began his training under Takahashi Dohachi II (Nin'ami Dohachi) of Kyoto, and started out by constructing a kiln in Fushimi Momoyama for the production of Raku ware.
Later, around 1828, Seifu Yohei moved his kiln to Gojo-zaka where he produced mainly gold-painted porcelain, illustrated porcelain, celadon, white porcelain, and blue-and-white ceramics. His greatest surviving works consist mostly of green tea wares.
Then, in 1847, he became a ceramics instructor, following an invitation to the private kiln (producing Mushiake ware) of Igi Tadazumi (San'ensai), a fourteenth generation member of the Igi clan tea masters in Okayama Domain.