Asai Ichimo, gold and white teapot

Asai  Ichimo      浅井 一毫

gold and white, teapot, sparrows and bamboos

size: width (longest) about 9.4cm height (from the lid to the bottom) about 8cm

condition:tea around the rim, partial peeling of gold

On the pure white body, the branches and nodes of the bamboos and the leaves are drawn powerfully and beautifully in gold, and a sparrow flying between the bamboo and the bamboo is drawn. But the scene does not be drawn glaringly and gold color is melted in the white background. Rather, it is neatness.

Three sparrows are drawn in this work, but the groundwork of the sparrow is red, and on it the wings and eyes are drawn in gold. Probably, it is thought that the technique of Japanese lacquer was applied to drawing.

On the lower left side of the handle of teapot is written “Sosentei”. It is said that “Sosen-tei” was given by a high nobility in 1866. In 1868, when Daishoji clan opened a trading company in Kyoto and Osaka, Ichimo built a kiln in Osaka and worked on product production and expansion of its sales channels. It is thought that Ichimo had contact with the nobility.

A history about this work is affixed to the back of the special box. The person who gave this teapot wrote in black ink brush “Meiji nine years … Mr. XX teacher’s homecoming … ” It seems that this teapot was the one of the tea set.

about creator  asai  ichimo   浅井 一毫

Asai Itimo (1836-1916) is said that he learned fine red painting from Iidaya Hachiro at Miyamotoya kiln at the age of 14 in 1851. Then, he painted on porcelain in red paint, using the books of Chinese poetry and ink painting gifted from Iidaya. At the end of the Edo period, he worked on the improvement of Kutani with Eiraku Wazen who stayed in Enuma area from Kyoto.

In this way, Ichimo came to be called a master of fine red painting. One thing we knew about the fame of Ichimo was that he received some orders of painting from the Abe Heikai Kiln in Kanazawa. Abe Hekikai was a pottery that built the foundation of Kanazawa Kutani, which has become synonymous with excellent products. It is said that Ichimo took orders from the kiln together with Kutani Shozo, Matsumoto Sahei and other masters of meiji kutani.


reference № 18092713
date of exhibition 2019.10.2
selling & buying under consideration