The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures

Robert Mangold has been working with Japanese antiques since 1995 with an emphasis on ceramics, Paintings, Armour and Buddhist furniture.
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Silver & Precious Metal Natsume by Izumi Ryoichi (Ryusen)

Silver & Precious Metal Natsume by Izumi Ryoichi (Ryusen)

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A heavy silver covered urn for storage of powdered tea inlayed with gold, shibuichi, shakudo and other precious metals by Izumi Ryoichi (Ryusen or Koshiro) enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Karatachi Mon Zogan Natsume (Tea Container with Orange Jasmine Design). The Karatachi (Orange Jasmine) tree has a beautiful delicate white flower from which are born large orange fruits, however the tree is protected with brutal thorns (I know as we have one) sharp enough, long enough and strong enough to puncture through a boot sole. The urn weighs 325 grams and is 2-1/2 inches (6.5 cm) diameter, 2-3/4 inches (7 cm) tall and in excellent condition, signed Ryuichi on the base.
Just to make everything really confusing, the metal artist Izumi Ryuichi uses a plethora of names, depending upon the genre he is creating for, Izumi Ryoichi, Ryusen, Koshiro. He was born in Iwate in 1946, apprenticing under metal craftsman Fujiwara Tomohiko at the age of 20. 10 years later he would study metal carving techniques under Katsura Moriyuki, and then under Living National Treasures Sekiya Shiro and at the age pf 36 Kashima Ikkoku, absorbing techniques and styles all along the way. Thanks to his dedication to the craft he was chosen to take part in the restoration and reproduction of the National Treasure 8 sided Buddhist stand of Chusonji Temple in 1990, the following year the production of a mirror for Ise Shrine, the most holy site in Japan. Throughout the Heisei era he has been on the restoration team of any number of important works of art in the Imperial Household Collection, various museums in Japan as well as the pair of Nanban Screens in the collection for the Cleveland Art Museum, His work has been awarded at the Nihon Dento Kogei Ten Traditional Crafts Exhibition and Nihon Kinko Ten National Metal Art Exhibition as well as the Dento Kogei Shinsaku Ten New Traditional Crafts Exhibition among others.