This is a CHOSHI of Japanese lacquer ware. CHOSHI is a kettle for the sake which was made about 170 years ago in the late Edo period.
This is an old original item of master craftmanship. It is never imitation.
It is lacquered on wood and never plastic etc. Used was only real Japanese lacquer.
This incredible lacquer work is called MAKI-E.
MAKI-E is made carefully, applying very long days and months. As it requires highly-skilled craftsmanship and emotional strength to produce a maki-e painting, it is very expensive. Please see the inner side. It is gold dust called NASHIJI. It is a technique mainly used for luxury items.
This is the high-class SAKE kettle seriously made by the specialists.
Although there are a little wounds and tiny scratches, since this is about 170 years old, it is unavoidable.
But they do not diminish the beauty of this Sake kettle Choshi.
Maki-e (蒔絵, literally: sprinkled picture) is Japanese lacquer sprinkled with gold or silver powder as a decoration using a makizutsu or a kebo brush. The technique was developed mainly in the Heian Period (794–1185) and blossomed in the Edo Period (1603–1868). Maki-e objects were initially designed as household items for court nobles, they soon gained more popularity and were adopted by royal families and military leaders as an indication of power.
To create different colours and textures, maki-e artists use a variety of metal powders including gold, silver, copper, brass, lead, aluminum, platinum, pewter, as well as their alloys. Bamboo tubes and soft brushes of various sizes are used for laying powders and drawing fine lines. As it requires highly-skilled craftsmanship to produce a maki-e painting, young artists usually go through many years of training to develop the skills and to ultimately become maki-e masters. Kōami Dōchō (1410–1478) was the first lacquer master linked to specific works. His maki-e works used designs from various Japanese contemporary painters. Kōami and another maki-e master, Igarashi Shinsai, were originators of the two major schools of lacquer-making in the history of Japan.
Takamakie (or "raised maki-e") is one of the three major techniques in maki-e making. Developed in the Muromachi Period (1336–1573), the technique of takamakie involves building up design patterns above the surface through a mixture of metal powder, lacquer and charcoal or clay dust.
Another special kind of maki-e is togidashi maki-e, where a black lacquer without oil is put on the metal decoration as an additional coat.
Size: Width 8.6 in, length 6.7 in, height 8.3 in, weight 400 g