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

KAGAWA KATSUHIRO 香川勝廣 (1853 1917)

HISTORY

Katsuhiro was born in the 1853 in the Shimoya district of Edo (later Tokyo). His first name was "Kojiro" (幸次郎). His grandfather was a fishmonger from Omi province who went later to Edo. His father was also active as a fishmonger and his mother was the daughter of a sword dealer. Already at an early age he studied painting under Shibata Zenshin and started an apprenticeship as a No mask carver under Ariyoshi Yoshinaga when we was twelve.

Pair of imperial presentation vases by Kagawa Katsuhiro.

He learned the kinko craft from Nomura Katsumori (野村勝守, 1835-1917) who was a student of Kano Natsuo. Upon then, in the 1898, Katsuhiro entered the Tokyo School of Fine Arts and became a direct student of Natsuo. Together with Unno Shomin he is considered as one of the best Meiji era kinko artists from the school of Natsuo. In 1903, he became a full professor at the Tokyo Bijutsu Gakko (Tokyo School of Fine Art), and in 1906 he became a Teishitsu Gigei-in or an Imperial Court Artist.

His eldest son pursued another profession and died rather young at the age of 42. Therefore his second son Katsukiyo (勝清, 1894-1967) took over the workshop of his father.

Kagawa Katsuhiro died on January 15th, 1917.

EXHIBITIONS

Participated in the following exhibitions:
1885: Nuremburg, Germany.
1893: World's Columbian Exposition (Chicago, USA).
1898: Esposizione Generale Italiana (Venice, Italy).
1900: Exposition Universelle (Paris, France).
1904: Louisiana Purchase Exposition (St. Louis, USA).
1910: Japan-British Exhibition (London, Great Britain).

Chicago (1893)
Exposition record
Louisiana (1904)
Exposition record
Cigarette case from the
Japan-British Exposition
Flower pot from the
Japan-British Exposition

MARKS


香川勝廣謹刻
香川 (Kagawa) 勝廣 (Katsuhiro) 謹 (respectfully) 刻 (carving)
Kagawa Katsuhiro Kinkoku
Respectfully carved by Kagawa Katsuhiro


於東台香川勝廣刻
於 (at) 東台 (Todai studio) 香川 (Kagawa) 勝廣 (Katsuhiro) 刻 (carving)
Todai ni Oite, Kagawa Katsuhiro Koku
(Made) at Todai (studio), Carved by Kagawa Katsuhiro

References:

"The Japanese toso-kinko Schools", by Markus Sesko, 2012.