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.
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.
Excellent Condition- In unused, or like-unused condition. No visual or structural or surface wear or damage shown. Pristine. As good as the day it was made.
Great Condition- Appears in slightly used condition but looks "Like New". Some minor wear, but retains the original craft/workmanship. May show minor wear, that does not affect the main design, or associated motif. No cracks, dents, chips or missing elements.
Good Condition- Minor wear which can be restored or repaired; may have surface flaws, like staining or soiling, confined to a small area. The flaw(s) are counterbalanced by another feature, like brilliant color or innovative design. Some fading or the piece may have been altered in some fashion.
Fair Condition- Main aesthetic/design showing damage. Excessive noticeable wear or damage. Worth buying if can be restored/repaired because of its aesthetic or design appeal or rarity. Note: wear/damage consistent with age/use can often enhance the 'Antique' qualities of a piece, giving it a desirable second chance in one's collection