Ichigo Itchô (1898-1991)

Tea Caddy with Festive Knot and Ribbons

Inv. Nr. #17.030
Date Shôwa period (1926-89)
Material Wood, lacquer, gold and colored lacquer
Dimensions H 7,7 x D 7,4 cm

With fitted, signed and sealed wooden box and sealed tomogire

A large tea caddy (ô-natsume 大棗) made by Ichigo Itchô 一后一兆 (1898-1991) with decor of festive ribbons hold together by a golden knot (noshi 熨斗). The wood body is finished in polished black lacquer (roiro) and sprinkled with gold powder in the lower part, creating a nice fading effect. The ribbons are executed in taka-maki-e on different, colored foundations. The interior and the base are richly sprinkled with goldflakes and polished; rims finished in gold lacquer.


Noshi knots are usually used to indicate precious presents to express the donor's wish for a good bond and to bless the presentee with symbols of prosperity and good luck.


Signed underneath Itchô saku 一兆作 ("Made by Itchô"). Inside the lid is an abbreviated signature (kaô) in red by the 15th head (iemoto) of the Urasenke tea ceremony school, Hôunsai 鵬雲斎 (*1923), who also inscribed inside the lid of the wooden box: Noshi ô-natsume 熨斗大棗 ("Large tea caddy with festive knot"), indicating this item as a much valued high-class lacquer work of art.


In excellent condition; comes with fitted wooden box (tomobako) inscribed at the side Noshi natsume Itchô saku のし棗 一兆作 ("Tea caddy with festive knot made by Itchô"), signed and sealed Itchô 一兆; wrapping cloth (tomogire) sealed Itchô 一兆.