collection of Asai Ichimo and his history

collection of Asai  Ichiomo

(1) gold and white, teapot, sparrows and bamboos

On the pure white body, the branches and nodes of the bamboos and the leaves are drawn powerfully and beautifully in gold,  (continued)



(2) red and gold Japanese tea set with Chinese towers and landscape

This tea set includes a tea pot for tea leaves, a bowl for cooling hot water, and three teacups. Ichimo gained fame for his fine Chinese-style painting style learned from “Manuscript of Chinese poetry and ink painting”    (continued)


About creator Asai Ichimo 浅井一毫

Asai Ichimo    1836-1916

Asai Itimo is said that he learned fine red painting from Iidaya Hachiro at Miyamoto-ya kiln at the age of 14 in 1851. Then, he painted on porcelain in red paint, using “Manuscript 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 was invited from Kyoto to stay in Enuma county.

In this way, Ichimo became to be called a master of red fine painting. To know 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 became synonymous with excellent products. It is said that Ichimo gained fame as a leading fine painter so much that he received the order from Abe Hekikai kiln with the master craftsmen of Kutani Shoza and Matsumoto Sahei.