ARTISTS

Amita Arthur & Bond Asahi Shoten Ashihara Fujii, Yoshitoyo Fukui Hagiya, Katsuhira Hattori, Kintaro Ikeda, Seisuke G. Ikoma Kagawa, Katsuhiro Kawano, Yoshinosuke Komai, Otojiro Komai, Seibei Kuhn & Komor Kumeno, Teitaro Kuroda, Kiichi Kyoto Damascene Mitsui, Yoshio Mitsukoshi Miyamoto Shoko Murakami Toyo Nagata Namikawa, Yasuyuki Nogawa, Noboru Ogurusu Ohayo Okubo Brothers Samurai Shokai Takeda Brothers Uyeda, Kichigoro Yamanaka

Amita Co. artists: Minai, Torahiko Kanamori, Takeshi

Other artists

ASHIHARA 芦原

HISTORY

This maker still remains a mistery since I have failed to find any information regarding this artist. However, the first attempts to identify the maker from his seal marks were made with the incredible help of Dr. Noriko Williams, the author of several books on the kanji writings.

Seal mark of Ashihara.

While the right side kanji immediately reads 芦 ("Ashi"), the left side one, according to Dr. Williams, is not a kanji, but a pictorial representation of one.

Dr. Williams says:

"When I came across the name 芦原 today, it became clear to me that the left side of the seal mark represented "water seeping through rocks in a mountain" which is 泉 ("spring"). Then I realized that a part of the frame was a bush gandere 厂. Just like Seibei Komai's hanko, this artist used the second kanji in his name as a frame. Together they represented the kanji 原 ("field"). Therefore, the seal reads 芦原 ("Ashihara")."

Beside the Dr. Noriko Williams interpretation of the seal mark, little information about Ashihara is known. It can be concluded from the works signed by him that he worked in a Nunome-Zogan technique, just like Komai family.

MARKS


Seal mark of Ashihara:
芦 ("Ashi") 原 ("hara")

EXAMPLES (from the internet)

EXAMPLES (from my collection)