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Signed Antique Japanese Tea Kettle

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Signed Antique Japanese Tea Kettle
This signed antique Japanese tea kettle (tetsubin) [25AA, 33BB, 33CC, FAV] is Meiji Period decorated for the cha-no-yu ceremony.It finished in russet tone.[120A, 164B, 3C] Embossed castings of plum blossoms are found on the cover and top of the tetsubin. The flattened side has a square scroll pattern known as 'thunder cloud'.[42D] From the sides down and under this malleable cast iron was chased with hammer and punch into an irregular rough effect, highly esteemed by the Japanese.[120A] We think the tetsubin was cast in separate parts and only the portion from the mid square scroll pattern was aged or annealed to allow for chasing work. The iron could later be welded together. The Art and Orchid Gallery's tetsubin is discus-shaped with loop handles. A small cover with plum flower heads embedded in consecutive circles of petals has a mushroom knob. The kettle spout and handle holders are welded to the cast iron. The patina of reddish-brown or russet is typical of the Japanese specializing in metal finishes and is described in references.[120A] The tetsubin is signed; not clear casting near the spout. More information and references available upon request. Size: ~ 6" H x 6 3/4"; Weight: ~ 1349 grams

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