While learning about kutani in the Edo period centering on ko kutani, I wished to know the relationship between ko kutan and kutani in the Meiji era (called “Meiji kutani”), and researched “Meiji kutani” itself. The precious pictorial records “Keisei Collection”, which contains a large number of “Meiji kutani” was a great reference, and there were few museums and exhibitions where we could appreciate the real thing. Finally, I started collecting “Meiji kutani” itself.
Fortunately, the “Meiji kutani”, which is overwhelmingly larger than ko kutani, have been left in Japan and Europe, and I was able to get some “Meiji kutani” produced by the master craftsmen. Recently it has been found that “Meiji kutani” reached to the level of arts and crafts, and that reason was for its beautiful and fine style.
In addition, It has also been understood that the “Meiji kutani” made in the Meiji period, nearly 200 years after ko kutani, is drawn and decorated colorfully with a variety of old designs and patterns that reflect the aspects of Japanese culture under the influence of ko kutani. Of course, they were created in the modern style by the master craftsmen of the Meiji period, and they were styled to suit the Western tastes, but they were basically elaborate in Japanese style.
Here, I have just opened a website as a place to appreciate “Meiji kutani”, explaining the style of painting which was created by the master craftsmen of the Meiji period, while refering the style found in ko kutani, and I hope that visitors to this web gallery would understand “Meiji kutani”. From now on, I will upload about 50 “Meiji kutani” with my opinion.
I have some “Meiji kutani” that have already played a role as research materials, and some items are available for sale. I would like to contact you about them.
owner of Web Gallery Meiji Kutani