Miyagawa Eifuku, brocade vase with peony and dragon

explanation of the work

As this creator wrote on the original box as “brocade-style”, the surface of the vase has the peony pattern with brocade drawn in three large red balls, two dragons drawn in gold on the red ground of the band, and a lot of white margins. The balance between red, gold and margins is good.

size; caliber about 7.2 cm, height about 24.2 cm

The peony is drawn by the technique of brocade in three large red balls, and the gold is scraped off finely, so the appearance of the peony is delicately expressed. On the other hand, on the red belt-shaped ground, two dragons with fluttering around are drawn by a thick gold line. This contrast is interesting.

The green and red patterns around the neck of the vase add a vibrant accent, which is also circulated around the bottom. Green and red patterns are reflected vividly in the margin.

The back name is written as “kutani / Eifuku”.

creator of the work

Miyagawa Eifuku   宮川永福

born in 1867, and died in 1936

Miyagawa Eifuku studied porcelain painting under Iwanami Gyokuzan in Kanazawa when he was very young. Later he was invited by Matsumoto Sahei as the foreman of the painting factory of “Shoun-do” and took up the post. Taking advantage of the experience of the factory where Matsumoto created “Shoun-do style” works that fused both aka-kutani and ao-kutani, Miyagawa created elaborate painting style works using red, green and gold.


reference No. 18122203
date of exhibition January 2, 2020
remarks original box