Chagama and bronze furo

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Price:  500,00

Heavy & lovely cast iron chagama 茶釜 (iron tea kettle) and dome-shaped bronze furo 風炉 (portable brazier to boil water for tea) in its original signed and marked transport box. The chagama completed with a bronze lid with a kiku 菊 (chrysanthemum) shaped knob. On the sides there are two subtle stylized dragon-shaped open ears with a pair of ‘kan’ 鐶 (open spirals of heavy metal wire twisted into a kettle and used to lift it). Note: ‘Kan’ not included. Under one of these ear there are two small kanji, a signature, in relief.

The kettle part is resting on the rim of the stove which stands on three tapered feet. This rim is decorated with a fine open worked circle design. The furo has two openings, which are positioned opposite of each other, both with a Buddhist flame design. The furo has a nice deep brown patina with a lovely ‘drip’-pattern.

The chagama and furo are in good condition. One tiny pit (2 mm diameter) in the furo. Please see the photos for reference to its condition. The kettle has been tested to see if it leaks, but there is no evidence of leakage.
When shipped we will add a certificate of authenticity.

Including white circular ceramic base, and an original signed wooden tomobako (storage-box).
Taishō period (1912-1926)
Total weight Chagama: 9.70 kg
Together: height 38 cm
Kama: height 18.5, Ø 22 cm
Furo: height 25 cm, Ø 31 cm

Chagama is a Japanese term meaning metal pot or kettle used in Japanese tea ceremony. In the tea room, the kama is either heated over a portable brazier or in a sunken hearth (ro) built into the floor of the tea room, depending on the season.
The furo (portable brazier) is used during spring and summer. A bed of ashes, called Hai 灰, is laid beforehand inside the furo and the sumi (charcoal) placed on top is lit. On the edge of a Furo a fire window or cut-out opening provides the necessary draft to keep the sumi burning properly. The Kama is then set directly on the bronze or iron brazier. (From Wikipedia).

Ref. No. : 211159


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