unknown creator, colored rhombus bowl with an old man and plum tree

Unknown creator    colored rhombus bowl with an old man and plum tree

From the second half of the Meiji period to the Taisho period, the reproduction of the kutani like ko-kutani were tried by some master craftsmen, mainly the first Tokuda Yasukichi who searched for the colors of the ko-kutani, the second Tokuda Yasokichi who sought a reproduction of the ko-kutani, and Mitsui Tamekichi who learned the colors of the ko-kutani from the first Tokuda Yasukichi and reproduced the kutani like the ko-kutani.

On the other hand, utilizing their research results, the kutani like the ko-kutani with unknown creators were created because they admired ko-kutani sincerely, or take care of these master craftsmen. It is thought that this work was also created by one of skillful craftsmen of the kutani who respected ko-kutani.

side     vertical and horizontal 27.5 cm 37.7 cm    height 5.7 cm

condition     very good

Looking at the design on the center of this bowl, it seems that a neat scent feels like drifting from the red flowers attached to the plum with complicated branches. And the feeling of an old man enjoying the plum blossoms and their scent is transmitted to those who are watching this design.

This style of drawing is typical in the ko-kutani, and the kutani like the ko-kutani was again created by an unknown master craftsman after the Meiji period.

Unusually for a large bowl, it has the shape of matsukawa-bishi (it is similar to cracked bark of pine tree). Therefore, when painting on the center of the rhombus, the skillful painter had a long plum branch on one of the two facing sides and a rock or shrub on the other facing side.

Six small panels are provided along the curled edge, and red flowers and treasures patterns are drawn inside, and the space between them is decorated with beautiful patterns. Naturally, this style of painting is different from detailed paintings in red and gold, but it is one of the more elaborate expressions of Meiji kutani compared to detailed paintings in red and gold.

On the back side, a large green leaf is drawn like the ko-kutani, and the pattern of continual unevenness goes around the outside of the high foot because the height of the foot is about 2.6 cm, still taller than the large bowl of the ko-kutani.

A double “kaku-fuku (角福)” in green is placed in the center of the foot. In Meiji kutani, though it was common to write into the creator’s name, but this creator had a strong wish to get closer to the ko-kutani and wrote into “kaku-fuku”.

reference № 18081809
date of exhibition June 16, 2020
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