Gyokusendo Hammered Copperware & Silver Bowl with Pomegranate motif | Circa 1900’s

This beautiful bowl depicts a pomegranate with an applied branch on the bottom of the bowl, contrasting the textured interior and exterior finish in copper. This Tsubame, copperware, bowl is in a rich burnished tone, making this piece an exceptional example of the arts and crafts movement in Japan. The rim of the piece is elaborately textured in silver, giving visual interest to the foliated form.

This piece comes in its presentation box, containing five bone dessert forks, (not original). The luster of this piece, its beautiful color, and delicately formed design is exceptional, while showing its age from the user’s hands and variation in finish.

Antique Tsuiki, (hand-hammered metal craft), of this quality are rarely found, and exemplify a lifetime possession supportive of Japanese tradition. This piece is exceptionally preserved and in its original condition. Dimensions: 7-1/8” dia x 2-0”h.

Historical Information —

The Mingei movement devoted a great deal of energy to collecting historical folk crafts. Central to this was the application of the principle of ‘direct perception’, the intuitive ability to discover beauty that was ‘born’ rather than ‘made’.

Hand-hammered copperware was produced in Tsubame City of the Nigata prefecture since the 1800s. The Gyokusendo workshop has been designated a “Living National Treasure of Japan” by the government of Japan, of which the artists are known for using an array of different-sized hammers and toriguchi to create the texture shown.

Japanese copper, (industrial, utility/functional, decorative), was distributed by the Dutch East India Trading Company, throughout Japan, Inner-Asia, and around the world. By the middle of the Edo Period, (1613-1868), techniques for the manufacture of copperware formed the basis of the arts and crafts movement in Japan.

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