Kono School Chidori Menuki
The Kono School was founded by Kono Haruaki, better known by his later name of Haruaki Hogen. Haruaki Hogen was born in Echigo Province (modern day Niigata Prefecture) in 1787. He apprenticed himself to the third generation Yanagawa master from the Yokoya family, Naoharu, from whom he received the "haru" kanji of his name. After his studies, he opened his own workshop in Edo after which his workmanship departed from the traditional Yanagawa approaches and became more free form with depictions of flora and fauna. His name of Hogen was the resulting name from his elevation in Buddhist rank at the age of 40. So more accurately, his name is Hogen Kono Haruaki, but since he signed his later works as Haruaki Hogen, he subsequently became known as, and referred to as such. Because of various signed works that include locations, he is known to have traveled to North Eastern Japan and spent time in Sendai and Dewa provinces. Eventually he returned to Echigo and died at the age of 71.
He is held in very high regard for his workmanship, and there is a saying that implies that "As Ichijo is to Kyoto, Haruaki is to Edo". Through this kind of mention, the respect and esteem for his work is quite clear. He trained many students, so it would be reasonable to assume that pieces from his workshop would be prepared by them for Haruaki, or made under his supervision, but left unsigned.