Nakano Chuji, colored and gold plate with Seven Lucky Gods and flowers and birds

explanation of the work

The Seven Lucky Gods, the flowers and birds, and the landscape are settled in some panels composition that the was invented by Kutani Shoza at the end of the Edo period, and “the four gentlemen” (4 plants of plum, orchid, bamboo, and chrysanthemum) is drawn on the back. These designs are called as the style of Shoza style, and they are colored with various neutral colors created from the Western paints that were introduced from early time.

Size: Width approx. 23.4 cm Height approx. 4.2 cm

In the central panel, the Seven Lucky Gods are brilliantly colored in red, ash, and gold and silver, and the central panel is sandwiched between other panels to decorate the Seven Lucky Gods. In the left panel, a flowers and birds that looks like a sketch is drawn, and in the right panel, a landscape scene that looks like an ink painting is drawn.

In particular, the flowers and birds and landscape are colored in neutral colors such as red, pink, ash, brown, skin color and light blue, and are decorated with gold and silver. In this way, flowers and birds, landscape, etc. are drawn in colors close to nature.

What is surprising about this work is that the four gentlemen figure, which are usually drawn on the front, are all over the back. This figure was often used as a motif for crafts, but the fact that it covers the back is another highlight of this work.

The four types of plants, orchid, bamboo, chrysanthemum, and plum, are carefully painted in a well-balanced neutral color, highlighting the elegant beauty of each plant. While expressing well the beauty of nature, the painting is extremely precise and the whole is beautifully finished.

The back name is written as “Dainippon / kutani / painted by Nakano”, and the engraved “Kutani” is stamped near the back name. Most of the Meiji kutani which the original country “Japan” is written with the back name, was an exported kutani, so it is possible that this work was created for export.

creator of the work

Nakano Chuji   中野 忠次

both years of birth and death are unknown

The history of Tadashi Nakano is unclear, but what is clear is that together with the first Takehashi Zenbwi, Nakagawa Jisaku, Kasama Shuseki, etc., Nakano supported the factory of Kutani Shoza, later, they became master craftsmen.

From the style of this work, it is believed that Nakano Chuji received an educational training from Kutani Shoza, and he refrained from gold color of the Shoza style, expressed the beauty of nature, and finished precisely it.


reference No. 19091308
date of exhibition 2020.3.8
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