ARTISTS

Amita Arthur & Bond Asahi Shoten Ashizuki CPO Dunhill Namiki 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 Yiwangjik

Amita Co. artists: Minai, Torahiko Kanamori, Takeshi

Other artists

Fukui [福井]

Fukui mark

Fukui's mark, similar to the Komai's one, consists of kanji (福, "fuku") inside another kanji (井, "i"). Fuku (福) is not an artist or a company name. "Fuku" means "good fortune" or "luck".

This makes an artist identification almost impossible. There are several possibilities of who or what "Fukui" is:

1. "Fukui" is a very popular mark found on Japanese porcelain pieces. Most of the pieces marked with Fukui originated from one place, called Kutani [九谷] village (later - Daishoji and now is a part of the Kaga city). Regarding enamels, it even received its own name, a "Kutani porcelain".

Example of a Kutani porcelain dish


If we take a closer look at the area of Kutani village, we notice that it is extremely close to the Fukui city (27 km or 17 miles apart).

Map of the southwest of the Ishikawa prefecture


As a result, the 福井 probably means that a piece of art was produced at Fukui, just like 福 many times means it was produced in Kutani village or in Kutani porcelain style. This, however, doesn't tell us an artist name, but rather a name of the place it was produced in. In contrast to a Kutani porcelain, Fukui signs on the cigarette cases are many times accompanied by a butterfly mark or are inclosed in a fan-shape frame. Perhaps this one day will lead to a concrete artist identification.

2. Possibly, Fukui mark can be connected to the Darumaya department store in Fukui, opened in 1883.

Darumaya department store in Fukui.


3. Another possibility is connected to the following advertisement by G. Fukui, though, a dealer in books from Kyoto.

Advertisement of a book dealer G. Fukui from 1895.

Or this dealer from Kyoto.

Advertisement of an art dealer A. Fukuda from 1908.

Marks
Examples (from the web)
Examples (from my collection)