Indeed, a bit confusing. He put him to the (never existing...I.B. !) Kaga branch of the Myochin group. On the other hand, Chappelear mentioned ....."he reflected te styling of the Unkai-Myochin group"......actually he signet Haruta..... Very nice kote BTW!
Uwe, It is now well established that the Myochin had nothing whatever to do with the 'Unkai' of Kaga. The founder of the Maeda family who ruled Kaga province was Maeda Toshiie who was one of the five councillors appointed to look after Toyotomi Hideyori on the death of Hideyoshi, but he died after only one year in 1599. His son Toshinaga died in 1605 and his son Toshitsune took over. It was he who invited the Haruta to move to Kanazawa to make armour for the Maeda, who not only ruled Kaga but Etchu and Noto provinces as well. According to Dr. Orikasa who did the research in Kanazawa, Haruta Asai Jubei, who signed Katsumitsu, moved from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 1623. His son, also used the name Katsumitsu but it is not known when he died. It seems likely that it was this second generation Katsumitsu who adopted Unkai Mitsunao 光尚 (note Kei Kaneda Chappelear calls him Mitsuhisa). He was supposed to have been the grandson of a Korean armourer brought over by Hideyoshi. It seems that it was Mitsunao, when he was well established, created what we think of as the 'Unkai' style, but there was not really an 'Unkai School' as such just Haruta. Mitsunao died in 1708. Orikasa does not name Tokimitsu but the fact that he is signing 'Haruta' and states he is working in Kanazawa indicates he was working for the same group as Mitsunao. There was a Toshinao who died in 1727 who is listed as having pupils (Mitsuyasu and Matsunaga). Notice the tradition of using 'mitsu' an then 'nao' in the names of this group suggesting again the Tokimitsu was one of them. Ian Bottomley
Ian, I agree. The work is very close to that of Mitsuhisa (as Orikasa calls him too). Here a detail of the cherryblossom: I think this is a nice evidence of the link between Unkai Mitsuhisa and the Kaga Haruta.