Iiyama Katei, a set of 3 colored and gold bowls with child and rooster

explanation of the work

A set of 3 bowls were often made as a celebration item, and it is said that the custom of serving dishes in each bowl at a festive banquet and eating the dishes on each person’s plate began in the Meiji period. Looking from the design of “child and rooster” drawn on these three bowls, it seems that it was made for a celebration related to children.

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

The design of ” child and rooster” is the same as the “child holding rooster” that was also found in the Imperial Palace dolls of the Edo period, and drew a child holding a brave and cockfighting chicken. It is said that parents entrusted the healthy growth of their children to a rooster and wished for it. The designs and patterns are drawn in a slightly dark red color, and the use of gold is modest, giving the viewer the impression of domestic kutani in a calm color.

The appearance of this set is a little smaller than the other set of 3 bowls, but these are a shape that gives the viewers a solid sense of stability.

The back name is written as “Dai-nippon kutani / made these by Iiyama”.

creator of the work

Iiyama Katei

unknown years of birth and death

Iiyama Kaitei learned painting from Ikeda Kyuka, painter supported Kaga domain, like the master craftsmen Kodera Chinzan, Haruna Shigeharu, Sasada Yuzan, Tsuda Nanfu, and Shimizu Seikan, etc. and created Kanazawa kutani’s excellent works from the early to mid-Meiji period. He enrolled as painter in Abe Oumi kiln, which was allowed only by excellent painters, and around 1886, like the master craftsmen Iwanamie  Gyokuzan and Haruna Shigeharu, Iiyama painted on Yokohama-yaki in Yokohama.

For these achievements, Iiyama Katei was one of the master craftsmen of kutani in the Meiji period, and was their master for Tomoda Yasukiyo, Aikawa Sekka etc. who later became known as master craftsmen.


reference No. 2006191
date of exhibition October 8, 2020
price sold out
remarks original wooden box