Shimode Baisen, blue and white bowl with dragon and rough waves

explanation of the work

Only the dragon and the rough waves are drawn inside and outside the bowl, and the dragon is elaborately drawn in red, and the roughness of the waves are expressed by shading. So, the contrast of the colors including white body is wonderful.

Kutani have few designs of big dragon, and this dragon is a magnificent design that can be compared with Suda Seika’s “blue and white vase with dragon” (collected by Ishikawa Prefectural Art Museum of Kutani), who received high praise for drawing dragons.

size: caliber about 14.6 cm, height about 9.6 cm

The red dragon which descends from the dark sky, and the ultramarine blue waves which turn around the surface of the sea, extend from the inside of the bowl to the outside, making it look like a picture. It looks more dynamic as it is not painted with gold, as the painting has a glimpse of the powerfulness of Asai Ichimo, a master of red and gold fine painting, who was a master of Shimode Baisen.

The five-clawed dragon found in Suda Seika’s “blue and white vase with dragon” was drawn as a dignified dragon because it was only allowed to be used in the emperor’s equipment and buildings. On the other hand, this dragon is a three-clawed dragon that was allowed to be used by anyone other than the emperor, so it looks a little calm and has a gentle look.

The back name is written as “kutani / Baisen”. Unusually, the body without glaze is exposed around the back name, on the contrary, the strength seems be expressed in the glazing as well as the painting.

creator of the work

Shimode Baisen,  下出 梅仙

born in 1889, died in 1982

Shimode Baisen studied a red fine painting from Osaka Kiyoji, a high-ranking disciple of Takeuchi Ginshu, for three years from the age of 13, and then learned a color painting from Matsumoto Sahei for three years from 1905. In addition, he was one of the few disciples who studied under Asai Ichimo in his later years.

After that, Baisen became independent in 1918, and built painting kiln at his home, and worked hard on the creation. Like Asai Ichimo, Baisen was said to be one of the master craftsmen because he was good at drawing red fine painting and also skillful in color painting.


reference No. 1808231
date of exhibition February 2, 2020
price sold out
remarks original wooden box