Hatta Itsuzan, red and gold bowl with peony figure and three legs

explanation of the work


What is drawn on this bowl, which stands firmly on its three legs, is a majestic large-flowered peony, and a bird perching on a branch with its head down seems look at the below peony. “Static and dynamic” is well expressed on it. The basic colors are “red and gold”, and the background is decorated with “ishime-uchi” (fine pointillism) that were popular until around 1890.

size: diameter about 24 cm, height (max) about 6.5 cm

The scene drawn in the center seems to draw the moment when a small bird has flew from somewhere, has just perched on a long peony branch, and while still holding on to the swaying branch, looks at the peony below. Although this scene is a bird-and-flower figure, it is strange to incorporate a wild bird that fly around lively instead of the peacock that accompanies peony. The export kutani had to respond to Japanese-style painting for the export in the early Meiji period, but this scene seems to be based on the originality of the creator or the pottery merchant.

On the back side, a slightly different, bright flower is drawn large. Compared to the details of the front side, it is drawn to decorate gorgeously with a slightly thicker line.

Export kutani of incense burners or vases with legs like karako (Chinese boys) or beasts are often seen, but it seems that it is rare to have legs attached to bowls. And the reason for choosing the legs like elephant head was probably that pottery merchant was asked for the legs like the head of the elephant familiar in the Westerns for use as a fruit bowl placed on the center of the table.

The back name is written as “kutani / Itsuzan” in the slightly recessed center surrounded by the three legs.

creator of the work

About the creator of the work, search for “Hata Itsuzan, his work and history“.


reference No. 191031119A
date of exhibition April 4, 2020
price sold out
remarks wooden box