Mitsui Tamekichi, colored plate with design like Nanga painting

explanation of the work

Using traditional kutani gosai (five colors of green, yellow, purple, ultramarine and red), it is a work that Tamekichi expressed the “beauty” that the creator himself felt in his heart such as a Nanga-style painting. The color and shape of vegetables is expressed naturally and beautifully. The impression from the whole is that it looks like a still image, instead of his other works inspired from ko-kutani which is filled with designs and patterns with five colors.

size: Diameter about 17.5 cm Height about 2.9 cm

The vegetables are drawn in the center of the plate, and the rest is filled with margin, and a connecting pattern of a lot of cloisonne patterns is drawn with slightly dark yellow to surround the vegetables and margin. By doing so, the creator expressed the vegetables as he looked and felt, away from the tendency (transcendence technique) of kutani in the Meiji and Taisho period. It is imagined that he expressed the inner beauty and profound feelings that the creator himself captured with his sensibilities, as was the case with Nanga.

It is said that the first Mitsui Tamekichi used all handmade body and his paintings were hand-painted by himself. The softness can be felt in this octagonal body slowly stretched from the center toward the edge by his hands.

The back name is written as “kutani / Tamekichi” in the double square, and “Tamekichi” is written on the original box, and a seal is pressed. The format of this back name is often seen in the works of the first Tamekichi, and the second inherited this format, but the third changed it to only “tame” (為) written in the double square.

creator of the work

About the creator of the work, please search for “Mitsui Tamekichi his works and history”.


reference No. 2109011
date of exhibition September 25, 2021
remarks original box