19c Japanese porcelain tea ceremony sometsuke CHAIRE signed
Listed Price $160.00
Late Meiji - early Taisho (1890s - 1910s) Japanese Arita porcelain chaire (tea caddy for storing powdered green tea used in tea ceremony) with sometsuke (underglaze blue and white) decoration. Painted in Shonsui style: initial Shonsui ware is Chinese blue and white porcelain imported to Japan starting in the reign of Tianqi Emperor (1621-1627). Starting from the 18th century Arita kilns have been producing their own items in Shonsui style. The cover is painted with a central roundel containing SHOW (long life) character, and 8 sectors with various brocade patterns radiating to the edges and continuing on the base of the kogo. Beautifully painted, wonderful patina, overall in excellent condition, very attractive piece. Signed with 4 characters on the bottom. Diameter 3 1/16 inches, height 2 3/4 inches.
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