Sasada Yuzan, colored and gold cup & saucer with figure of a hundred persons

explanation of the work

This work is a gorgeous cup and saucer in Meiji kutani, with a 100 old people elaborately drawn on the egg shell-typed body used for tableware. To the viewer, a large number of Chinese people appear to float vaguely on the white inside of the cup. Not only that, but the thin edges of the egg shell are decorated with brocade on the inside and outside. This work exhaustively shows the skill of Yuzan’s expression.

size ; cup diameter about 5.2cm, height about 5.4cm    saucer diameter about 11cm, height about 2cm

The hyakuro-zu, which is drawn to cover the surface of each of the cup and saucer, was called “Sennin-zu” from the Westerns, and was popular. The design was often drawn in Kutani, so, it became one of the designs often used in Kanazawa kutani.

In many cases, more people are drawn in detail in the hyakuro-zu for the Westerns than Japan, but the faces, costumes, and shapes of each person are changed and decorated. It looks like a pattern.

At that time, many orders were received for eggshell type tableware because they were “lighter and stronger” and people could enjoy the design that looked transparent when viewed from the opposite side. It is believed that Yuzan also made a cup and saucer with a delicate 100-year-old figure using the body of the egg shell.

“Dainippon Kutani / made by Yuzan-do” is written on both the cup and saucer. Others are “kutani/made by Yuzan” and “Kinjo/Yuzan”.

creator of the work

About the creator of this work, search for “Sasada Yuzan’s works on this web-site and his pottery history”.


reference No. 2009291A
date of exhibition October 25, 2020
price sold out