The gorgeousness and the leisurely serenity of Chrysanthemum’s demeanour catered to the tastes of Japanese imperial family, aristocrats and literati very much in ancient times. Chrysanthemum represents longevity, dignity and nobility in Japan, and all people love it nowadays. Therefore, Kyoto Zuihodo presents the pattern of Chrysanthemum petals on the elegant silver pot, instead of clearly hammering whole Chrysanthemum patterns onto the body of the teapot as what is ordinarily done by others. At first glance, the silver pot appears to have a classic Tatesuji pattern, but upon closer inspection, one can see that the curve near the bottom was slightly hammered in, being petal-shaped. The knob on the lid is just like an un-bloomed bud which would only bloom as the one on the silver pot after water being poured into the pot in the way of irrigation with a peaceful mind.
Starting from a piece of sterling silver and using tools that have been passed down and retained from the Meiji era, the body of the silver pot is made by hammering with a conspicuous Tatesuji pattern and completely eschewing the welding method. The shape of its lower abdomen is round and full with the centre of mass at the bottom, slightly and gradually closing up on the way up. The lid is of the style with a special-shaped knob on it. There is also a neat twist made by hammers, which extends extend straight up to the lid. Hammering tools are the patrimony of Meiji Era and are made by repeating a trimming technique to meet the requirements for craftsman to create specific patterns for silver pots, so they can hammer the unique vein lines.
Using top-level, pure quality precious metals as materials and infusing traditional Japanese culture and jewellery and metal arts, every singular silver pot is homemade in Japan. Kyoto Zuihodo adopts the Japanese Samurai spirit which believes that no matter how hard the creative process is, or how long it might take, we can always overcome ourselves, hammering delicately to finish the most perfect works of art in our hearts and present them to collectors.
660 Sakae-cho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto-city
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