Excellent tea caddy (natsume) made by the 7th Ippyôsai, Ippyô Eizô (*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: Ippyôsai 一瓢斉.
Ippyô Eizô was the 7th generation of one of the leading lacquer master families in Kyôto. He has studied under his father, Ippyôsai VI (1908-2001), and Shimizuya Kômin. He is known for his excellent composition on the limited space of a natsume tea caddy. His workshop is now headed by the 8th Ippyôsai, Ippyô Ryô 一瓢良.
The wooden box, made of paulownia wood (kiri), is signed underneath: Makie-shi Ippyôsai 蒔絵師一瓢斉 and sealed. Comes with sealed silk cloth and extra black lacquered cedar box.