Takahashi Hokuzan, red and gold plate with peony

explanation of the work

On a platter with a diameter of 34 cm, a peony tree is drawn with feeling the age (stately figure). The color of the peony is calm, and the flowers of the peony lined with slight gold and the brocade pattern on the edge, so the peony is further complemented.

size ; diameter about 34cm, height about 6cm

Peony meant the flower words of a symbol of “rich” or “noble”, and the seedlings were expensive in the old days, so it is said that only some wealthy people could enjoy it. However, in the Meiji period, when a method of grafting peony was devised, it spread as an ordinary garden tree. it is said that it became popular as an ordinary garden tree.

It seems like that the creator of this work looked at the peony in the garden of his home or somewhere, and drew this “peony figure” by overlaying another flower word “dignified behavior” and a calm painting style.

Making the platters and large vases exported in the Meiji period needed a laborious task and required advanced techniques, but once those exports settled, excellent potters produced large body which was no distortion, or had a uniform thickness, or did not peel off from Western paints, so some painters produced many large plates for the domestic market.

The back name is written rarely in one line writing as “kutani Hokuzan”. The other is also “kutani Hokusando”.

creator of the work

Takahashi Hokuzan  高橋 北山

born in 1866, Keio, and died in 1936.

Takahashi Hokuzan was born in the family of the Kaga clan. In 1882, Hokuzan started studying porcelain painting, trained and refined his skills. He often produced works finished with brocade. After that, he created kutani in various painting type by building a painting kiln, or asked some painters to paint kutani works.

Takahashi Hokuzan-do

Takahashi Hokuzan opened Takahashi Hokuzan-do in 1897 at the age of 31 for the purpose of producing and selling kutani in Kanazawa. The products of the store were self-made at his painting kiln, and made by some painters in-house on the body purchased from kilns such as Toshioka Kosen kiln or Uguisudani kiln. Takahashi Hokuzan-do still is in business of purchase and sale in Kanazawa.


reference No. 2101083B
date of exhibition February 16, 2021
price sold out