Natsume Tea Container in Vermillion with Flower Motif 中棗朱 (Hashizume Reiko)

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Natsume tea container, Rikyu-gata Chu-Natsume
Solid Japanese horse chestnut (tochi) wood base with unpolished urushi-e in silver, vermillion with brush marks. Please note that in some areas the underlying black urushi is visible through the vermillion. Includes a signed wooden box.
Made using high-quality urushi from China for the base coats, followed by Japanese urushi for top layers.
Made in Japan by Hashizume Reiko


Urushi artist Hashizume Reiko in Kuroe, Wakayama has been making urushi tea utensils and jewelries for over 20 years. After studying at Tsukuba University of Art and Design, she worked as a designer for several years in Tokyo before returning to Kuroe. While many traditional urushi artisans stick to the conventional motifs and flowers like cherries and chrysanthemums for tea containers, Reiko creates clean and simple contemporary designs and also spotlights humble motifs.