Condition: Excellent

Gyokusendo Hammered Copperware Alloy Pomegranate Form Bowl | Circa 1900’s

Created in the form of a pomegranate with an applied branch, the smooth interior with the convex simulated pomegranate seeds, contrast to the textured exterior finish. This Tsubame copperware bowl is in a rich copper tone with a black lacquer wash, making this piece an exceptional example of the arts and crafts movement in Japan. The back of the piece is elaborately textured and the pomegranate seeds are concave on this side giving visual interest. The bowl’s outer edge mirrors the shape of the pomegranate.

The piece has an impressed seal by the maker on the bottom. This piece comes in its presentation box, containing five Echizen-nuri dessert forks in a Temenuri finish and plain serving chopsticks. The luster of this piece, its beautiful-color, and delicately formed design is exceptional, while showing its age from the users’ hands and variation in finish.

Antique Tsuiki, (hand-hammered metal craft), of this quality are rarely found, and exemplifies a lifetime possession supportive of Japanese tradition. In beautiful and original condition. Dimensions: 7-0” dia x 2-0”h.

Additional 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 Treasures of Japan” by the government of Japan for which the artists are known for using an array of different sized hammers and toriguchi to create the texture shown.

Japanese copper was distributed by the Dutch East India Trading Company, (industrial, utility/functional, decorative), 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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