Unusual 19th century Japanese pottery Oribe ware chaire (tea caddy for storing powdered green tea used in tea ceremony) of square section with ivory cover. Characteristic rich green glaze pooling and forming drops at low points, beautiful crackled glaze, great patina. Oribe ware (named after Furuta Oribe - a famous 16th century tea master) was produced in Mino and Seto kilns: it is particularly Japanese in taste and was never made for export. The foot shows stoneware body, stamped with the seal of the potter on the bottom, old ivory lid with nice patina. Japanese gold lacquer repair to the lip. Beautiful rare piece in excellent condition, comes with wrapping cloth and new wooden box, height with cover 2 inches.