Takeuchi Seizan, a pair of gourd-shaped brocade vases with flowers and others

explanation of the work

Both of vases are finely painted with flowers of the four seasons like Japanese-style paintings, and the gourd-shaped molding is also thinly finished. It is thought that this is because the creator studied the painting of kutani from an early stage and learned the molding from several famous potters. For that reason, it seems that this pair of vases was exported to the Westerns and placed on the mantelpiece attached to the fireplace seen in the living room of the mansion.

size: caliber about 5.2 cm, height about 17 cm

Various seasonal designs such as flowers, small birds such as warblers and sparrows, cicadas, rabbits, chickens, loofahs, etc. are drawn in detail, so even this vase might be placed on tokonoma in the Japanese house. Since the composition is well thought out. the various scenery of the four seasons and the favorite designs would enjoyed people by selecting the direction of the vase.

The shape is gourd-shaped, and the string bunch that comes with the gourd is also attached, and the overall shape is thin and beautiful. It is thought that this is because the potter was also skillful in molding the body, and the creator chose two of some bodies and painted the two. As this image, central work seems to be painted on the same bodies as this pair of vases, which were made by a highly skilled potter.

The back name is written as “Kaga / produced by Watano / painted by Takeuchi”. Watano Kichiji, who was called a great merchant among pottery merchants, asked many master craftsmen to create the works and sold them with the “Watano” brand, so the work with the back name of a painter is rare.

creator of the work

Takeuchi Ginshu  竹内 吟秋

born in 1832), and died in1913

Takeuchi Ginshu learned Japanese-style painting from two painters, and at the same time, had the opportunity to learn porcelain painting from Iidaya Hachiroemon (inventor of Hachiro-de), but it is said that he didn’t get into learning painting and finished in 10 days. However, in the early Meiji period, it is said that after he met the potter Unrin-in Hozan in Kyoto, immediately, he began to devote himself to his training in porcelain painting.

After that, Takeuchi Ginshu saw that most of red fine painting at that time, and walked around to investigate the designs and painting techniques of ko kutani. In addition, he learned how to make a body from Tsukatani Chikuken and Okura Juraku (one of Eiraku Wazen’s disciples) who were rebuilding the kutani Hon-yo Kiln. Furthermore, in 1878, he established a private school “Ishin-sha” to train painters and taught them painting techniques.

In 1880, when the Kutani Pottery Company was founded, Takeuchi participated as its general manager with the students who gathered at “Ishin-sha”, and also enthusiastically worked on the research of pigments on ko kutani. However, the following year, he was unfamiliar with the company’s management policy (becoming a leader in the breeding industry), and after resigning from the company, he studied at the Koishikawa Pottery Factory in Tokyo, and learned pottery and painting from Kato Yohachi (a potter) and Dr. Godfried Wagner.

When he returned to his hometown, he became the president of the Kutani Pottery Association in Enuma County, and while acting as a coordinator for kutani industry, he exhibited a flat bowl at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893 and gained fame. For this fame, the following year, he was invited as a teacher at Ishikawa Prefectural Technical School. After training his successor for several years, he returned to Daishoji and self-employed in the porcelain painting business, producing a number of excellent works.

Many works created by Takeuchi Ginshu were made the most of his research on kutani gosai, and also many were graceful and dynamic masterpieces with powerful brush strokes. He created some works that put “Ginshu” in square “fuku”, which is often seen in the back name of ko kutani.

He had many disciples, including many master craftsmen who became the pillars of Enuma kutani after that. For example, the first Nakamura Shuto, Utani Shuko, Tani Shukei, Kojima Shuko, Hirosawa Roshu, and Osaka Kiyoji. He had Asai Ichimo as a younger brother.


reference No. 2011271B
date of exhibition February 16, 2021
price J-yen 28600
remarks wooden box