Hello, listed is a Japanese antique Ryubundo cast iron Tetsubin teapot with dimensions of approximately. " tall (7.5" with handle raised). The pattern on the side is of a phoenix and cloud. The condition is obviously antique with rust as is expected of cast iron of this age but there are no holes in the kettle.While you may find similar kettles for less this one has production markings on the underside of the lid to prove its authenticity. Ryubundo is an iron-kettle shop that continued for eight generations from the end of Edo Period through approximately 1958 (33rd year of Showa Era) in Kyoto, and in particular, it manufactured high-quality iron kettles from Meiji to Taisho Eras.
The first generation is named Shikata Ryubun, and around 1764 (1st year of Meiwa Era), he created a method of making iron kettles by lost-wax casting in Kyoto. The second generation of Shikata Ryubun manufactured products such as stationery and incense burners also by modeling after Chinese ancient copperwares. All of them gained a favorable reputation. The followers include Kibundo in Ohmi and Hata Zoroku in Kyoto, and they left their successive masterpieces, respectively.
Ryubundo has both a head family and branch families, and the iron kettles bearing inscription of (Ryubundo) on their surfaces are those produced at the head family. The item "Japanese Antique Ryubundo Cast Iron Tetsubin Teapot" is in sale since Thursday, August 24, 2017. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\Japan\Teapots".The seller is "joebrook_3" and is located in Woodland Hills, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.