Yagi Jinsaku, brocade plate with peony and flowers

explanation of the work

A brocade pattern is drawn along the edge so as to surround the peony and flowers. The background of peony and flowers is filled with ishime-uchi (fine pointillism like the surface of certain stones), which is a characteristic of kutani in the early Meiji period. The composition is also very similar to the work of Utsumi Kichizo, who was his master and a master craftsman in the early Meiji period.

size: width about 20.8 cm height about 2 cm

Under the branches that hang down from above, a large peony and the flowers that surround it are drawn. The eye-catching point is that the veins of the leaves on the black or dark gray base are finely drawn with gold, and even if the overall color is red, it is calm, it is finished in a work that suppresses the gorgeousness often seen in Meiji kutani.

It is rare for a plate of this size to have a design or pattern drawn elaborately on the back side, and a simplified cloisonne pattern is connected to countless and circled. When combined with the meaning of the cloisonne pattern, this pattern seems to incorporate the feelings of the creator who valued the connection with people in his home village. It is also expressed in the name of painting factory “Kaisho-ken” (described later).

The back name is written as “kutani / made by Kaisho-ken Jinsaku”. After Yagi jinsaku trained in Kanazawa, he returned to Awa Village in Nomi County, and opened a factory with painting kiln to teach porcelain painting to his neighbors and wished to teach his technique generously. It is said that the factory was named Kaisho-ken.

creator of the work

Yagi Jinsaku   八木 甚作

born in 1849, and died in 1906

In 1863, when Yagi Jinsaku was 15 years old, he learned porcelain painting from Kaemon Ichikawa in Awa Village, Nomi County, and then went to Kanazawa to continue improving his painting style under Utsumi Kichizo. Eventually, he became known as especially good disciple among Utsumi’s disciples. He studied also calligraphy and Japanese painting in Kanazawa.

In 1873, Jinsaku returned to Awa Village, where he opened a painting factory named “Kaisho-ken” to teach village people porcelain painting. For this reason, it is said that after the middle of the Meiji period, the style of painting Sano Aka-e and Kanazawa kutani became popular by Yagi’s disciples in the village.


reference No. 19103111A
date of exhibition March 21, 2020
remarks wooden box