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This beautifully decorated and large chaire (tea caddy for the Japanese tea ceremony) is the work of Kato Jokei. The rich and vivid colors combined with the elegant shape of the chaire with its ivory and gold lid make it a prized jewel; a harmonious ensemble of the finest materials for an object of superior artistry. Kato Jokei is a second generation potter and a master craftsman of tea ceremony wares. He was born in Tokyo in 1933, and his father was none other than Kato Hajime (1900 – 1968), who was designated Important Intangible Cultural Property (Living National Treasure) of Japan in 1961. Kato fils studied with his father and shares the same high standards of craftsmanship. The fact that Kato Jokei shuns public expositions and presents his work to connected tea ceremony aficionados only, makes his pieces rare. In 1951 Kato Hajime built a kiln in Chichibunomiya, where the Japanese Imperial family has a residence, in order to produce wares to be used by its members. Kato Jokei now manages that kiln, where he also has apprentices. The original Kato kiln, built in 1941, was located in Hiyoshi, in the suburbs of Yokohama; it has since been moved to the city of Shizuoka.
The chaire is in perfect condition. It is signed and comes with a shifuku (pouch) and a signed box.
Dimensions: 8 cm x 7 cm (3.2 in x 2.8 in), Weight 170 g (6 oz)
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