19th century chaire (tea caddy for storing powdered green tea used in tea ceremony) with fat body and well defined shoulders, cloisonne cover. The piece was made at Shigaraki kilns - one of the six ancient kilns of Japan - and displays typical coarse body with large sand particles, beautiful brown glaze with superb variety of shades. The foot shows earthenware body with typical Japanese oval lines on the bottom left by a string used to cut the item off the potters wheel. Cloisonne cover with flower petals on karakusa ground, the bottom is lined with gold lacquered paper. Beautiful piece in excellent condition, height with cover 4 inches.