Ko Kutani (Old Kutani)
(about 1655 - about 1710)
The first porcelain with colored pictures was created in Kaga province
The first lord of Daishoji clan in Kaga province planned a business as a kiln managed by the clan, and it was promoted by the second lord. The lord ordered Goto Saijiro to acquire pottery technology at Arita in Hizen province. Afterward, the kiln was built at Kutani village where material stone for porcelain was discovered. Therefore the works burned in the kiln are called "Ko Kutani" and make a clear distinction from "revival Kutani" which was established afterward.
A characteristic of the technique of colored pictures includes a method heaping up colors thickly on lines drawn by natural cobalt oxide.
The subjects such as " landscape R ", " flower and bird Ԓ " , person, animal etc are painted in a broad-minded stroke. The other is a modern geometry pattern. They have a high level in picture characteristic and decorativeness.
In addition, "Aote Ko Kutani" pictured by technique of "nuriumete" to paint over the entire surface is only by Ko Kutani. Other feature of Aote Ko Kutani is the coloring ; without using at all red, three colors of green, yellow and purple, or four colors adding navy blue. Therefore it gives a strong impression to appreciators and vistors.
The signature of the back is almost a square character of " fortune " .
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