Excellent tea caddy (natsume) made by the 7th Ippyōsai, Ippyō Eizō (*1942). The exterior is finished in polished jet black lacquer (roiro) and decorated in gold maki-e with branches of bamboo (sasa). Interior and base in sprinkled gold nashiji. Rims in gold lacquer. A special handling of the bamboo leaves with gold foundation with a soft green shimmer and veins in takamaki-e gives the plant a natural three-dimensional impression. Signed underneath in gold: Ippyōsai 一瓢斉.
Ippyō Eizō was the 7th generation of one of the leading lacquer master families in Kyōto. He has studied under his father, Ippyōsai VI (1908-2001), and Shimizuya Kōmin. He is known for his excellent composition on the limited space of a natsume tea caddy. His workshop is now headed by the 8th Ippyōsai, Ippyō Ryō 一瓢良.
The wooden box, made of paulownia wood (kiri), is signed underneath: Makie-shi Ippyōsai 蒔絵師一瓢斉 and sealed. Comes with sealed silk cloth and extra black lacquered cedar box.