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Hatchet shaved tame-nuri lacquer tea caddy
Jihei Murase
[Lacquer]
Item Number:C17037
Founded in 1996 in Tokyo, Ippodo Gallery’s mission is twofold: to not only form deep, lasting relationships with artists and clients, but also foster Japanese culture around the world. These values led Ippodo Gallery to broaden its reach by opening a Gallery in New York in 2008. Throughout these years, the gallery, through support and patronage, has moved from Chelsea to its current Upper East Side location. This Fall, Ippodo Gallery is thrilled to announce our growth as we are expanding to a new gallery space in the heart of NYC’s Upper East Side gallery district.

Unlike any other gallery in New York, Ippodo Gallery is committed to creating a holistic art and cultural experience. From the on-site handcrafted tea stove to hosting tea ceremonies at the United Nations, it is clear that Ippodo Gallery is dedicated to presenting tea ceremonies as the core of Japanese culture. This ancient tradition carries principles of mindfulness, aesthetics, and respect. Ippodo Gallery embraces these principles and in honor of where we have come from and where we are going, we are presenting our final exhibition: Tea Ware and New Beginnings.

On view from August 20 through September 13, 2019, Ippodo Gallery is pleased to invite you to our final exhibition at 86th Street. Featuring tea bowls and tea ceremony-related artwork from some of our most significant artists, this exhibition truly represents the gallery's heart and soul.
About the Artist
A third-generation woodworker and lacquer craftsman, he performs every stage of the production himself, from turning the wooden bases to applying the natural urushi lacquer. He inherited his grandfather's close association with the tea ceremony and carries out research into tea-ceremony utensils. Using his skill with the lathe, he creates superb forms and also demonstrates outstanding lacquering finish. He produces unique Negoro-style works that are ideally suited to the twenty-first century.

1957 Born in Tokyo as the grandson of the first generation Jihei who was a craftsman working with the wooden base and lacquer coating under the direction and patronage of Kitaoji Rosanjin.
1975 Graduated from Tokyo Metropolitan High School of Music & the Fine Arts.
1980 Graduated from the Sculpture Department of Tokyo Zokei University.
In the same year, joined the long-standing family lacquerware wooden base and coating business.
Received instruction in the Way of Tea from Suzuki Sokan of Hibi-an, a Master of the Urasenke School of Tea.
2001 Inherited the name, Jihei III, and the position of 7th generation lacquerware base maker
2010 Exhibited at About the Tea Ceremony: A Viewpoint on Contemporary Kogei held at the National Museum of Modern Art Crafts Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2014 Exhibited at Kogei and the Tea Ceremony held at the National Museum of Modern Art Crafts Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2016 Solo exhibition Lacquer Forms: Modern Negoro at Ippodo Gallery New York
Solo exhibition at Ippodo Gallery Tokyo

Thereafter exhibits in numerous galleries and department stores within Japan and throughout the world.

Public Collection:
Philadelphia Museum of Art / Philadelphia, PA
Yale University Art Gallery (Asian art collection) / New Haven, CT
National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo / Japan