Osaka Bijutsu Club, organized by Uemura Hobei, Kuki shishaku kei goshozohin nyusatsu (auction of the Viscount Kuki collection), (Osaka: February 10, 1934), no. 24
This set was most likely the property of the second Viscount Kuki, namely Kuki Takateru (b. 1870), a collector of paintings, lacquer and swords who lived in Kobe. He was a descendant of Kuki Yoshitaka, the commander of the fleet that accompanied Hideyoshi's army in its invasion of Korea in 1592. His father, the first Viscount, was Kuki Takayoshi (1837-1891), last feudal lord of the Sanda clan in Settsu province a few miles north of Kobe. Takayoshi was an imperial household official and served as an attendant to the emperor; he and his family converted to Christianity after meeting American missionaries in Kobe. Takayoshi made his fortune importing pharmaceutical goods and investing in land in the port city. In 1897 Kuki Takateru's American-educated sister, Yoshiko, married Matsukata Kojiro (1865-1950), the famous collector and president of Kawasaki Shipyards in Kobe who had attended Rutgers College with the Class of 1889.