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Dick Bonham

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Hi, I thought the metalworkers among you would be interested in seeing a teapot that belongs to one of my restoration clients. This piece is made of raised hammered copper with silver, shakudo and gold inlays depicting flowers and pods with a butterfly on the opposite side. The piece is signed Yasuchika. The Yasuchika family were famous makers of sword furniture in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Their sword fittings can be seen on the Boston Museum of Fine and the Field Museum, Chicago web sites. I thought that this piece would be of interest because it shows the versatility of the Japanese metalworkers.

Dick

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Hi Janel and Samuel,

The mottling around the pods seems to be oxidation. The pods are silver which has turned black which makes it look like the shakudo. The body is copper and the smith left the fine hammer marks on the surface to give the piece texture. The spout is fabricated from several pieces.

Dick

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Guest ford hallam

Hi Dick,

 

I've always enjoyed Yasuchika work, you probably know, but Tsuchiya Yasuchika 1 was one of the first ( generally regarded as The first ) stuba-shi to really use textured grounds, such as on this example. One theory suggests that it was because he could'nt afford the services of a specialist nanako-shi. Anyway, he was, and is much appreciated for his variuos texured finishes as well as his somewhat more bold and colourful designs.

 

The discolouration around the inlay etc, may also be as a result of having been deliberately suspended in the smoke of incense or smouldering pine needles. It's a procedure that is utilised to create instant age. It is'nt actually an oxide as such, rather a deposit of various oils and resins combined ( as Samuel suggested ) with soot.

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Do you think this piece may be Yasuchika 1?

 

Dick, pm sent

 

I wouldn't like to pronounce on a piece under these conditions but, from what I can see I don't believe he'd object to having this ascribed to him. It certainly bears many of his traits.

 

Ford

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