Ishida Ichigo, colored gold and silver bowl with figure and Mt. Fuji

explanation of the work

Inside of the bowl with pedestal (bowl for washing sake cup at the banquet), the designs and patterns are drawn in sikishi (thick square paper for writing waka poems and haiku) and double diamond shaped paper, which seems to be pasted, not in panels or window frame that were popular in Meiji kutani.

This drawing style is one of the drawing methods of Japanese-style paintings that were well known from the Edo period to the Meiji period, and in order to visually decorate waka-poems, sikishi, fan shaped paper or other papers processed with dyes and pigments look like they were pasted. Such a drawing style is also used for the painting of this bowl.

size ; diameter about 13.2 cm height about 10.9 cm

In this design, one person is looking at Mt. Fuji in the distance under the pine tree. Ise Story (Japanese song story established in the Heian period 794-1185) has sikishi which Mt. Fuji is drawn on, so it is guessed that this person is a poet who appears in “Kokin Wakashu” (collection of Japanese poems selected by the order of the emperor in the middle of the Heian period) and “Ise Story”, and he was one of 6 masters of waka poems. His name is Ariwara Narihira. It seems that the motif of this bowl was taken from the “design of Narihira’s looking Mt. Fuji in Ise Story”.

On the side, peony (of spring) and chrysanthemum (of autumn) are drawn on the two fan shapes, and heron (of summer) and plum (of winter) are drawn on the two flower shapes. This expressing of the four seasons is like Japanese-style painting.

The back name is written as “kutani / made by Ishida”. It means that Ishida Ichigo was originally a Japanese-style painter, and was also involved in making of kutani.

creator of the work

Ishida Ichigo        1867-1937

Ishida Ichigo studied Japanese-style painting from Tanaka Ikka in Kyoto and returned to Araya Village in Nomi to work in Japanese-style painting. At that time, Meiji kutani was in full swing, so it is said that he was involved in the business of painting kutani at the recommendation of people around.

It is said that he influenced Takada Ryozan, who had an exchange with him, in the of Takada’s Japanese- painting style.


reference No. 1811261
date of exhibition January 14, 2020
price J-yen9300
remarks wooden box