|Very elegant 3 piece
matched set known as a mitokoromono by Goto Eijo. This set was
obviously custom ordered as the theme is one that is not seen.
Well carved out of top dark deep black shakudo, the kogai, kozuka
and menuki are meticulously done in very fine detail. As in most
cases, special order work is usually better than the average, and
this set shows the great artistic sense that Goto Eijo possessed.
The use of gold for the family mons on the box for writing utensils
are done in great detail. The fine carving is also well defined
for the cords. As is the case with all mainline Goto, the nanako
background is done in perfect fashion. But, what is really amazing
is that this set is from the 1500’s. and in this great condition.
True sets as these from the early Goto makers are very rare. They
were well regarded and collected so much that many sets were put
together from different generations if they were the same subject.
In this particular case, such a special subject had to be custom
ordered as a set as opposed to those of shishi or dragons which
are more commonly seen. Goto Eijo is the 6th mainline master of
the famous Goto School. He is the son of Goto Tokujo and became
the 6th master after his skill level was determined to be masterful.
This set was “hidden” in a old collection for many years, and in
this collection were examples of many good kodougu makers. Recently
papered by the NBTHK to Goto Eijo. In a custom box. A rare chance
to own the quality work of one of the early masters from the Goto