Ichinomiya Nagatsune 一宮 長常,
Certification: NBTHK Tokubetsu
Signature: 一宮越前大掾 長常 花押 Ichinomiya
Echizen Daijō Nagatsune w/Kaō
(1721-1786) was the
founder of the Ichinomiya School, and was one of the
preeminent machibori artists of his time. Nagatsune is considered the
Western counterpart to Somin, of Edo, the
Eastern machibori master. Nagatsune is listed as being a
saijosaku, or meiko
artist, a "great master" artisan (noted as AAA in the "Kinko Meikan" translation).
Nagatsune received the title
Echizen (no) Daijō 越前大掾 in 1770, and made this set sometime after that date.
This is his late period, and is considered by many to be his finest period. It
is this style that strongly influenced Kano Natsuo's work.
Nagatsune used the family names of
Ichinomiya 一宮, Kashiwaya 柏屋, and Minamoto 源 at various times. He also used the
art names and titles of; Chōtarō 長太郎, Chūhachi 忠八,
Echizen (no) daijō 越前大掾 (late in his
Ganshōshi 含章子 (mid career), Gyokusen'an 玉泉庵, and
Setsusan 雪山 (early in his career).
The theme of roosters and chickens is done
on a ground of shibuichi with hira-zogan inlay of gold, shakudo, silver,
and copper, and both fine and bold katakiri-bori carving.
Photos by Jack Edick