Ishino Ryuzan, his works and his history

Ishino Ryuzan, his works

red and gold water drops with autumn flowers

A small vessel for pouring water on the inkstone to rub the ink is called as “sui-teki (water drops)”. Even though it is such a small tool,  (continued)


colored bowl with design of four gentlemen and auspicious patterns

Each of 3 bowls and 3 lids has 3 windows, and the design of “four gentlemen” (each appearance of 4 plants was likened to a prince) is drawn in the windows. Because plum, orchid, bamboo, and chrysanthemum were often praised  (continued)

Ishino Ryuzan, his history

Ishino Ryuzan

Ishino Ryuzan     born in 1861, dead in 1936

The first Ishino Ryuzan learned Japanese-style paintings from Nakahama Ryugen and Kakiuchi Unrin, and porcelain paintings from Hatta Itsuzan. Ryuzan built large, medium, and small painting kilns in Kanazawa and started painting business, employing two craftsmen.

Figures, mountain and waters, and flowers and birds are delicately drawn on Ryuzan’s works. It is said that his skill was outstanding among the craftsmen of his time, so his works were exhibited not only in domestic exhibitions but also in overseas exhibitions such as the San Francisco World’s Fair, and he won many prizes.

In addition, it is said that Ryuzan established a high level of technology in overglaze by studying the compatibility between the body and overglaze at the Matsubara Shinsuke kiln in Yawata (Komatsu city). In 1902, he created new overglaze such as yellow, green, dyed indigo, brown, light-green, cherry-colored, pearl, etc., and developed new painting techniques one after another. Through such glaze research, he was a master craftsman who tried to create a new glaze with a feeling like a Japanese-style painter and finished the design and pattern into a pictorial one.