Kameda Sangetsu, his works and history

Kameda Sangetsu, his works

red and gold small plates with flowers and birds

Kameda Sangetsu created large works such as gorgeous bowls or vases, while he carefully painted each small plate. This work is a set of ten pieces・・・(continued)・・・



red and gold bowl with person figure under pine tree

A person who looks far under the pine tree is drawn with a variety of paints in the center of the shape of nyoi-gashira mon (pattern that imitates Buddhist equipment). Elaborate and elegant patterns・・・(continued)・・・

Kameda Sangetsu, his history

Yamatsuki Kameda  亀田山月

born in 1844, dead in 1916.

In 1854, when Kameda Sangetsu was 11 years old, he became a student of the painting factory managed by Saita Dokai and trained mainly in the technique of red painting, and then was independent in 1862 and started the porcelain painting business. His store name was called as Sangetsu.

Even after becoming independent, it is said that he continued to study as a painter under Dokai, and from around 1875 (Dokai was dead in 1867), as the leader of the Dokai factory, he held “15th Day Meeting of Sano Painters” with the first Hashida Yosaburo and others. On the 15th of every month, he held a commentary meeting regarding the works made by group members, and leaded the younger painter to improve their skills. At the same time, he put a lot of effort into researching the color development of Dokai’s vermilion.

In 1888, when he was 44 years old, he established another painting style by making the most of the writing method which he learned from Arakawa Tanrei. A new painting style seems to appear in his work “red and gold bowl with person under pine tree” (see another exhibit in this gallery). So, it is said that he specialized in fine drawing using vermilion and brocade.

His disciples included Kameda Somatsu, Tamagawa Seiemon, Tomita Taromatsu, Kameda Gonjiro, etc.