Offered by: Thomsen Gallery
9 East 63rd Street New York City, NY 10065 , United States Call Seller 212.288.2588


Tea Kettle with Spiral Hailstone Texture, 1920s

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  • Description
    Yamaguchi Tankin Company
    Tea Kettle with Spiral Hailstone Texture, 1920s
    Pure silver
    Size 8 x 6¾ x 6 in. (20.5 x 17.5 x 15 cm)
    A silver yuwakashi (kettle for leaf tea), the sides cast with numerous arare (hailstone) protrusions, the other surfaces of polished metal, the swing handle insulated with wrapped and knotted rattan, the areas above and below the arare chiseled with an ishime (stone-texture) finish, the knop with an openwork pattern, the base with a chiseled seal mark Tankin

    Comes with a wood tomobako storage box, the exterior inscribed: Seigin arare yuwakashi (Fine silver tea kettle with hailstones); signed inside: Tankin tsukuru (Made by Tankin) and sealed Tankin

    The arare (“hailstone’) pattern, traditionally associated with large cast-iron chagama kettles used in chanoyu (the “tea ceremony”), is here applied to an elegant silver tea utensil for elite domestic use. Based in Osaka, the Yamaguchi Tankin Company is thought have been founded in 1891. It exhibited at the Fifth National Industrial Exhibition (1903) and was still active, under a slightly different name, in 1934.
  • More Information
    Documentation: Signed
    Period: 1920-1949
    Condition: Good.
    Styles / Movements: Modern, Asian
    Incollect Reference #: 707620
  • Dimensions
    W. 6.75 in; H. 8 in; D. 6 in;
    W. 17.15 cm; H. 20.32 cm; D. 15.24 cm;
Message from Seller:

Thomsen gallery, located in a townhouse on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, offers important Japanese paintings and works of art to collectors and museums worldwide. The gallery specializes in Japanese screens and scrolls; in early Japanese tea ceramics from the medieval through the Edo periods; in masterpieces of ikebana bamboo baskets; and in gold lacquer objects.

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