Asai Ichimo, his works and his history

Asai Ichimo, his works

white and gold teapot with sparrows and bamboos

On the side of a small teapot, a small sparrow flying between bamboos drawn in gold on pure white body is much fine.   (continued)



red and gold Japanese tea set with Chinese towers and landscape

A tea set for sencha (tea leaves) consists of teapot, hot water cooler, and tea cups (a number of teacups were originally five).  (continued)


Asai Ichimo, his history


It is said that Asai Itimo learned fine red painting from Iidaya Hachirouemon (founder of Hachiro-de style) at Miyamoto-ya kiln at the age of 14 in 1851. Then, he painted on porcelain in red, using “manuscripts of patterns carved on Chinese inkstick” gifted from Iidaya. At the end of the Edo period, Ichimo worked on the improvement of kutani under Eiraku Wazen who was invited from Kyoto and stayed in Enuma county.

In this way, Asai Ichimo became to be called a master of red fine painting. A proof of the high fame of Asai Ichimo was that he received some orders of painting from the Abe Oumi Kiln in Kanazawa. Abe Oumi Kiln was painting factory that built the foundation of Kanazawa kutani, which became synonymous with excellent products. Ichimo gained fame as a leading fine painter so much that he received the orders from Abe Oumi Kiln like the master craftsmen of Kutani Shoza, Matsumoto Sahei etc.