Mei (signed): Yoshioka – Inaba no Suke (吉岡・因幡介)
Size: 6,90 cm x 7,10 cm
Thickness of rim: 0,3 cm
Weight: 131 gr
Period: Early Edo
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The Yoshioka was a high-ranking kinkō school which worked exclusively for the bakufu and daimyō.
The founder was Shigetsugu (重次). He was able to trace back his ancestry to the Fujiwara family and was born in Kyōto in the twelfth year of Eiroku (1569). During the Keichō era (1596-1615) he was hired by Tokugawa Ieyasu.
Were granted to Shigetsugu the honorary titles Bungo no Suke (豊後介) and Buzen no Kami (豊前守).
Regarding the workmanship, according to their clientele of high-ranking bushi the Yoshioka adhered to the traditional style in shakudō with nanako ground with suemon or takabori-iroe ornamentations.
However, there are only very few signed works extant by Shigetsugu, and these are signed with Yoshioka Buzen (吉岡豊前). In his later years he entered priesthood and used the gō Shōō (松翁) and Sōju (宗寿). He died on the last day of the sixth month of Jōō two (1653) at the age of 85.
The 2nd gen. of the Yoshioka school was Shigetsugu´s third son Rizaemon Hisatsugu (理左衛門久次). Hisatsugu was born in the 14th year of Keichō (1609) in Kyōto and followed his father to Edo as a bakufu-kinkō. Studies indicate that the hereditary Yoshioka title “Inaba no Suke“ (因幡介) was used from Hisatsugu after that. Rizaemon having no heir adopted the second son of Gotō Seijō (清乗) which shows that both kinkō lineages were in contact and good relationship.
It is said that Hisatsugu mainly made tachi fittings for the family of the Tokugawa-shōgun. This transmission is consistent with the fact that there are no signed works extant from him because it was a common practice at that time that, in respect of the commissioner, works were delivered unsigned to high-ranking customers. Hisatsugu, who can also be found listed with the craftsman name Shigeyoshi (重吉), used the gō Sōri (宗理). He died on the 18th day of the fourth month of Kanbun eleven (1671) at the age of 63.