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tea caddy

tea caddy

  • Place of origin:

    Kyoto (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1977 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Kuroda, Tatsuaki, born 1904 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wood decorated with abalone shell set into black lacquer, with silver <i>nashiji</i> (irregularly-shaped flakes of silver suspended in lacquer resembling the granular skin of a pear).

  • Museum number:

    FE.1-1978

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Tea caddy, of nakatsugi form, the lid with a flat top and sharply bevelled edges, wood decorated with abalone shell mosaic set into black lacquer in twelve alternating light and dark bands, composed of a mosaic of shell squares, radiating from the top centre of the lid and running down to the base; the shell is a type of abalone obtained by the artist from Mexico. The interior of the caddy is in black lacquer and the riser in silver nashiji (irregularly-shaped flakes of silver suspended in lacquer resembling the granular skin of a pear). The caddy is contained within a storage box inscribed, 'Yogai so raden omogire nakatsugi' and signed 'Tatsuaki' with red seal, 'Tatsu'.

Place of Origin

Kyoto (made)

Date

ca. 1977 (made)

Artist/maker

Kuroda, Tatsuaki, born 1904 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Wood decorated with abalone shell set into black lacquer, with silver nashiji (irregularly-shaped flakes of silver suspended in lacquer resembling the granular skin of a pear).

Marks and inscriptions

Storage box inscribed Yogai so raden omogire nakatsugi and signed Tatsuaki with a red seal Tatsu.

Dimensions

Height: 7.7 cm, Width: 7.5 cm

Object history note

Purchased from the maker.

Descriptive line

Tea caddy, nakatsugi form, wood decorated with shell mosaic set into lacquer, by Kuroda Tatsuaki (1904-1982), Japan (Kyoto), about 1977; with wooden storage box

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

John Ayers, 'Oriental Art in the V & A' (London, 198*), p.55.
Maeda Yasuji, 'Kuroda Tatsuaki', no 32 in the series 'Ningen kokuho', Kodansha (Tokyo, 1977), especially plates 14-17.

Production Note

Artist: Kuroda Tatsuaki (1904 - 1982)
Biographical reference: Maeda Yasuji, 'Kuroda Tatsuaki', no 32 in the series 'Ningen kokuho', Kodansha (Tokyo, 1977).
Kyoto

Materials

Wood; Lacquer; Abalone shell

Techniques

Lacquering; Inlay

Categories

Lacquerware; Tea, Coffee & Chocolate wares; Containers

Collection

East Asia Collection

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