This is my first post. It's going to be long.
Namiki artists are expert when it come to painting goldfish. Why? Bacause it is used as a training subject for new artist.
You can see from the pictures the steps and layers of lacquer painting requires to create this piece of artwork. In fact there are more steps than what is shown.
The translucent fins against the background give life to the goldfish.
Grade A - Lots gold dust. Pen clip is also cover in gold dust
Grade B - Less gold dust. Pen clip not painted
Grade C - No gold dust, except those use as part of the arkwork
Today, this rule is no longer in use (I think). I judge the pen based on the quality of the artwork. But the grading system is a good guide for me then as a beginner.
He is about the same age as Kyosa Yoshida. And probably retired because I don't see his work these days.
This 1930s pen looks samilar to the modern piece in design.
I wanted to post about my collection based on the sequence I acquire them. But the goldfish is the 2nd pen in my collection. So why I post it first? Because it's the first pen I laid my eyes on but I wasn't ready to pay that kind of price for a pen. Luckily, maki-e pen was not so popular then. And its was still on the display shelve when I decide to get it.