This is a late Edo to early Meiji small teapot with an outside that has been hammered all over with a wedge shaped hammer to make the recessed rough design. On two sides of the teapot there are attached bronze high relief designs of the Paulownia flower. Paulownia is the mon of the office of prime minister and also serves as the emblem of the cabinet and the government (vis-à-vis the chrysanthemum being the Imperial Seal of Japan). It resembles a stylized paulownia flower with 5-7-5 leaves. The go-shichi no kiri, as it is alternatively called, represents the democratically elected representatives of the government as a contrast to the Imperial Seal of Japan, which represents the Emperor of Japan, who is the symbol of the sovereignty of the state.
The lid of the teapot was covered with a thick black roiro lacquer – unfortunately, a 2” by 1/2” chip of the lacquer has been chipped off two tiny chips are on the opposite side. The teapot body is in excellent condition. There is some verdi gris in the inside of the pot.The spout is made of a single piece of copper that has been rolled into a cone shape and affixed to the teapot by a flared ring. The swivel handle is made of bronze. The pot sits on small tripod legs.
The piece measures 6” high to the top of the handle and is 4” high without including the handle. The measurement from the tip of the spout to the back of the teapot is 5 ½”. The top of the pot is 3 ½” diameter and the base is 2 5/8” diameter. We date the piece to the Meiji period, circa 1889 – 1900.