Vintage Japanese TA-I, Red Sea Bream Kashigata | Wooden Hand Carved Sugar Teacake Mold | Matsu Confection Mold for Rakugan | 1957
This mold is a two piece complete set. Rakugan are dry sweets that have been pressed into a shaped mold as shown in these images. The name “rakugan” describes the sheet’s original 17th century form, when the pale, powdery blocks were sprinkled with a few black sesame seeds, thought to resemble a flock of geese in flight. Later that century, confectioners began to use carved wooden molds to give the rakugan it individuals shapes.
These molds, known as Kashigata (confectionery form), or kigata (wooden mold), are among the Japanese favorite objects. Molds come large and small, for everyday treats or for ceremonial purposes. There are a handful of carvers who can still produce the smaller molds used to make this popular confection.
Two pegs hold the mold in place while the cake is being formed. This piece is in very good condition, with some minor use scars due to the age of item. The delicate carving of the fish mold is beautifully represented. The piece is marked and signed by the confectioner. Dimensions: 6-0” L x 4-3/4” w x 1-1/4” d.
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