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    Posted 2 months ago

    kwqd
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    This cherry bark themed Japanese kyusu is about 3" high minus the handle and about 3.25" in diameter minus the spout. It is either new or new old stock, not sure which, is marked and came in the original cardboard box. It weighed in at 1 lb 6.5 ounces. I have not attempted to determine who the maker is yet.

    Cherry bark is a very popular medium for tea related paraphernalia like tea scoops and tea caddies and I occasionally see these cherry bark themed iron kyusu and have wanted one. I found a nice one in Japan several weeks ago and it finally arrived yesterday. The seller neglected to mention it came in its original box, a nice surprise. There was this real bright light coming in my windows today and I vaguely remember that it is sometimes like that, but not recently. I may redo the images when we get a less bright day.

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    1. jscott0363 jscott0363, 2 months ago
      Another outstanding tea kettle. I do love the color and design of this one. How many do you have in your collection?
    2. kwqd kwqd, 2 months ago
      Thanks jscott0363! Teapots (kyusu), not tea kettles (tetsubin)! Kyusu are lined with enamel or lacquer and only used for brewing tea in, not for heating water in. Kyusu should not be exposed to a direct heat source. Tetsubin are not enamel or lacquer lined, but initially have a rust proof surface obtained by applying high heat to the kettle. That surface can be maintained in various ways. I have about two dozen kyusu and only one tetsubin. Kyusu can be pretty small but most tetsubin take up a lot of space and require a lot of heat to boil water in. Boiling water in a tetsubin removes chlorine from the water and makes it much milder, but I cannot taste the difference. I just use a stanless steel kettle to heat water in. I never use my tetsubin, but wanted one for my collection...

      Thanks jscott0363, dav2no1 and Hoot60!
    3. kwqd kwqd, 2 months ago
      Thanks for loving my fauz cherry bark kyusu Kevin, Ben, PhilDMorris, nutsabotas6, aura, Karen, Jenni, RichmondLori, fortapache and Watchsearcher!
    4. apostata apostata, 2 months ago
      JAPAN / KOREA/CHINA: ART FOR THE WAY OF TEA - Christie's N.Y. 07 + results

      pending on ebay now
    5. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 2 months ago
      Yes! Another fascinating tea kettle from Japan!
      I love the little “acorn” knob on top of the lid, perfect accent!
    6. kwqd kwqd, 2 months ago
      Thanks for the information apostata! This one was made in Japan, but I have not been able to identify the maker, yet. I will add an image of the box it came in when I get a chance. The seller had two of these by the same maker which were slightly different in design. I will send them an email and see if they can tell me who made it, if I can't figure it out.

      Thanks Eileen! I was happy to add a nice example of this style to my collection. I was thinking that the finial is a pine cone, but not sure of that. I have seen a variety of finials on these little pots, but this one is my favorite. I'm really trying to discourage folks from calling these little lined teapots "kettles" but even some of the Japanese sellers use the word for kettle (tetsubin) for these little teapots. Just trying to make folks aware that they should not be placed directly on heat sources and are not for heating water in, only receiving heated water from another source. Putting one of these little teapots over fire can damage it beyond repair.

      Thanks for loving my latest kyusu Eileen, officialfuel and valentino97!

    7. kwqd kwqd, 2 months ago
      Thank you blunderbuss2!

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