Robert Mangold has been working with Japanese antiques since 1995 with an emphasis on ceramics, Paintings, Armour and Buddhist furniture.
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Exquisite Silver Dry Lacquer Tea Ceremony Set, Maehata Gaho
Please refer to our stock # MOR6603 when inquiring.
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Simply brethtaking, this set of 4 lacquered tea ceremony implements is reminiscent of Sahari-do, a highly prized silver-bronze alloy, however this is made entirely in the dried lacquer (Kanshitsu) technique and covered in powdered metal by Maehata Gaho enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Gin-tamari Kaigu. The set consists of a Mizusashi fresh water container with lid, Kensui spent water container, Shakudate water scoop container and a futa-oke lid rest. They look so much like oxidised silver that you expect the weight when you pick it up, and find they are light as a feather. Each piece is made up of multiple layers of cloth and lacquer, covered in a mixture of oxidized silver and other metal powders. The amount of work which has gone into the cration of this set is unbelievable. The Mizusashi is 7 inches (17 cm) diameter, 7-1/2 inches (18 cm) tall; the Shakudate is 7 inches (17 cm) tall and all are in excellent condition.
Maehata Gaho (b. 1936) is the son of Maehata Shunsai, and stands as the 9th generation heir to the family lacquer tradition. He studied extensively, tea forms under Murata Dokan, Ishiji-nuri technique under Nakamura Chokan, Maki-e under Hoya Bisei before establishing the Mugen-an studio (now a designated cultural asset of Ishikawa prefecture). In 2003, he was commissioned to oversee the restoration work at Kenchouji temple (Important Cultural Property). His works are highly prized with in the tea world and he has been widely exhibited. When creating a piece, Maehata believes that “one should treat every object as if it were a precious jewel” so that the object itself becomes a statement