This product is magnificent. It has smooth lines and perfect connection between the shoulders and necks. The embossed bat pattern implies auspiciousness. The craftsmanship is exquisite. The two sides are covered with header rings. The spout has a beautiful curve and smooth water outlet. The exquisite pulp and the shiny skin shell is fascinating. When touched by hand, the shape of the vessel is full, and the carvings are also very moist. It is not surprising that this pot is exquisite in craftsmanship, well preserved, and good for collection and use.
From the very early of its history, dating back to the early 18th century, the metalwork studio “Ryubundo” 龍文堂 always represents the highest standard of tetsubin (Japanese iron kettle) making. From the founder of the studio, Shiho Ryubun (1735-1798), every successive director of the studio ryubundo were talented not only in metalworking, but also in painting, calligraphy, and poetry. Therefore, the aristocratic, literatic taste are the main features of ryubundo tetsubin. From the middle of Edo Period (1603-1868) when tea culture were popular everywhere in Japan, the development of ryubundo reached a boom, and this boom continued to the latter Meiji Period (1868~1912), and the studio was mentioned in the ironic novel by the famous Japanese writer Natsume Soseki, I Am a Cat. The sentence writes “those people living a luxurious life would lose their sleep if they could not hear the sound made by the lid of ryubundo iron kettles when water is boiling”