Iiyama Katei, a set of three colored and gold bowls with persons and rooster

Iiyama Katei   飯山 華亭

a set of three colored and gold bowls with persons and rooster

It seems that a set of three bowls were made as a celebration item. It was customary that the dishes at the festive banquet were served in three bowls and were taken on each plate. In the case of these bowls, these bowls were made for a celebration related to children, considering the same design “boy and roosters” drawn on each bowl.

small bowl     diameter about 18.8 cm, height about 4.2 cm
size middle bowl  diameter about 21.3 cm, height about 5.4 cm
large bowl     diameter about 23.3 cm, height about 6.8 cm


This design of “boy and rooster”, like the “rooster-hugging boy doll” of the old imperial palace dolls in the Edo period, expresses the figure of a child holding a brave and bold chicken for fighting, so it is said that the figure expressed a wish to entrust the growth to chickens.

The designs and patterns are drawn in a slightly dark red color and the use of gold is modest, so they give the viewer an impression different from the gorgeous Kanazawa kutani.

The appearance from the side is a little smaller than the other three bowls but the bowls have a feeling of weight. it is believed that this body was produced in the kilns for porcelain body which required techniques such as Onoyama Pottery Factory (closed in 1872) and Toshioka Kosen Kiln.

The back name is written as “Dainippon Kutani / Iiyama made this”. Since it says “Iiyama made”, it is probable that he was independent as a porcelain painter.

about creator of this work

Iiyama Katei   year of birth and death unknown

Iiyama Katei, like the master craftsmen Kodera Chinzan, Haruna Shigeharu, Sasada Yuzan, Tsuda Nanfu and Shimizu Seikan, studied painting from the Maeda clan painter Ikeda Kyuka, and was excellent in Kanazawa kutani from the early to mid-Meiji period. He was active as a painter at the Abe Hekikai kiln (1869 – 1880), where only excellent potters were allowed to enroll, and in around 1886, together with master craftsmen Iwanami Gyokuzan and Haruna Shigeharu, he once painted Yokohama ware in Yokohama.

Iiyama Katei, one of the master craftsmen, was a master of porcelain paintings for Tomoda Kyukei and Aikawa Sekka, who later became known as master craftsmen.

reference № 2006191
date of exhibition October 8, 2020
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