Matsumoto Sakichi, a pair of colored sake bottles with flying cranes figure

explanation of the work

On the surface of each sake bottle, three cranes, vertical stripes by black gosu, and flowers-connected pattern are painted with cool colors (green, yellow, purple and ultramarine) unique to ko-kutani. Looking at the paints, it seems to claim “these are the colors of ko-kutani.”

The creation of ao-kutani (cool colored kutani like ko-kutani) began before this creator, Matsumoto Sakichi started creating like ko-kutani in 1908. From around 1893, the first Tokuda Yasokichi trained under Matsumoto Sahei, and while Yasokichi was training, he began his efforts to reproduce the paints like ko-kutani. Since his paints were almost the same as that of ko-kutani, it changed to a big trend that many creators created ko-kutani style works one after another. One of them was Matsumoto Sakichi adopted by Matsumoto Sahei. It is strongly felt that this work was created by Sakichi with a strong passion for ko-kutani.

size: caliber about 1.9 cm, width about 7.2 cm, height about 16.6 cm

In this work, it can be seen that the design and the pattern seem to be inspired by one of masterpieces in ko-kutani. It is best seen in the dancing of the three cranes. In the lower half of the bottle, against vertical green background, the three appearances of flying crane were painted in yellow, purple, and ultramarine, and they fly lively, and on top of the cranes, a connecting pattern of purple flowers looks like auspicious cloud. These are good signs.

Then, what about the ko-kutani’s masterpiece is that against green background with green vertical stripes, a few cranes are flying beautifully in a circle and they are drawn with yellow, white and gosu lines. And violet spade patterns, which were rare at that time, are placed around. It is found that Sakichi drew with motifs such as cranes, vertical stripes on a green background, and purple spades.

It is said that a high degree of skill was required for molding of the beautiful, octagonal shape of guard. In the latter half of the Meiji period, such elaborate body was easily supplied to many porcelain painters. It is thought that molding by embossing became popular, as many excellent craftsmen of molding for embossing played an active role. The elaborate and high skill of molding can be seen in this work together with the painting.

The back name is written as “Sakichi” in the double square like “fortune (huku)” of ko-kutani. This writing style was rare in Meiji kutani. For that reason, it is believed that this creator had a strong passion for ko-kutani. In addition, there are a signature “Sakichi”and a red stamp “Sakichi” on the back of the lid of the wooden box.

creator of the work

The first Matsumoto Sakichi      松本 佐吉

born in 1884 and died in 1942

Matsumoto Sakichi learned porcelain painting from Matsumoto Sahei, who was the founder of the painting factory “Shoun-do”, and later Sakichi became one of his disciples. In 1903, Matsumoto Sahei moved the place of activity to Taniguchi Konyo-do in Kanazawa for some reason, so the painting factory continued to be run by his son, Matsumoto Sataro. In 1908, Matsumoto Sakichi was adopted by Sahei and took over the factory. It is said that Sakichi entrusted the factory management to Akiyama Komajiro, who was the chief craftsman of the factory, so Sakichi was able to continue to devote himself to the research of ko-kutani. For this reason, it is said that Sakichi could continue to have a strong passion for reproducing ko-kutani. So, later he became to be called the “master of ao -kutani”.


reference No. 18100617
date of exhibition January 7, 2020
remarks  original box