Ryubundo is one of the leading studios in the Japanese Metalware industry. With many classic and significant masterpieces passing down through generations, Ryubundo kettles are produced with the highest standard of craftsmanship, and with precious materials. The gold and silver inlays on the body illustrate vigorously growing plum branches and vivid birds. The pattern is made with the gold inlay technique, which is a method that embeds gold into another metal. The upper edge, along with the lower waistline is presented with an erosion design and rocky lines. The rough texture contrasts with the exquisiteness of the kettle body, which adds an interesting twist to the entire work.
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”