KUTANI

Daishoji Imari is known to be one of the various ceramic products in Kaga region (Ishikawa), starting
from the early Meiji period. A style of old Hizen export ware of the Edo period, also known as “Imari”,
foreign trade after the Meiji restoration. The traditional methods of the Hizen porcelain industry were also
achieved as well as designs & motifs of the originals.

After losing the patronage of the rulers since the abolition of feudalism (1868), Kutani potters were on the
way to recovery under the order of a new government chief, Chisaka Takamasa who funded a new
venture of Kutani Toki Kaisha in 1879 and appointed Asukai Kiyoshi (1843-1884) to lead the company.
In 1880, Matsuyama Seishichi also known as Okura Juraku (1836-1918), was commissioned to visit
Arita for the research. Upon his return, “bungyo”, an assembly line system was employed for Kutani
enterprise ; porcelain blank pieces with under glaze decoration called Imari-shita (base) were created at
the kilns in Yamashiro area and later sent to the Nishiki-gama (enameling kilns) located at the town of
Daishoji and other neighboring area.
The company folded in 1900 after suffering economic downfalls and misfortunes of a fire and Asukai’s
death.

their regions and even to the oversea markets. Inoue Shoten (Company) which opened in 1877, was one
of the major operators of the Daishoji porcelain products. The company managed the production and the
distribution of the porcelain industry. Owing to the flourishing success of the companies & merchants of
the early Meiji period, many excellent pieces were produced which earned the prizes of the world fairs in
America and Europe.
Somenishiki Lidded Bowl 1880 - 1900
No.18
Daishoji Imari Porcelain
Early Kutani porcelain from 17th century also known as "Ko-Kutani"  was believed to be made in the
Kaga province, but now it is commonly recognized to be Hizen products in the southern Kyushu
island.  It was much later in the late Edo period, new revival of porcelain making was started under
Maeda Daimyo's patronage.
Iroe Tojin-mon kozara   1880-1900
No.234
Kutani Makers & Artists
Inoue Togen

Inoue Togen is a fictitious name used by the Inoue family company also known as Inoue
Shoten.  Inoue Shoten, was first started by Inoue Katsusaku (1842-1909) around 1877.
He modernized an old porcelain cottage industry in the beginning of the Meiji period,
mostly for export  to America and Europe. His business was succeeded by his sons, until
the business closed around 1970's.
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