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A Japanese Light Wood Tea Caddy â Taisho/Showa

A Japanese Light Wood Tea Caddy – Taisho/Showa

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Tea Articles: Pre 1960: Item # 1119442

Please refer to our stock # 58 when inquiring.
This is a hexagonal shaped tea caddy dating from the early 20th century – probably from about 1915-1940. The piece has an incised design of a Japanese woman washing out a scarf in a stream. Two of the smaller sides have designs of flowers blooming from under a rock. The remaining four sides have calligraphy which we believe are a poem – not translated. This shape of tea caddy was popular throughout Asia – particularly in Japan and China.

The caddy measures 7 ¼” high to the top of the stopper – is 5 ¼” wide and is 3” deep. The stopper fits quite tightly and the caddy can clearly be used for tea. There is a pencil notation on the base that says “jasmine” – which would indicate that some prior owner used it for jasmine tea. We believe the wood to be bamboo from the grain of the round stopper. The caddy is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks or problems whatsoever.