19th century Japanese ceramic Oribe ware chaire (tea caddy for storing powdered green tea used in tea ceremony). Characteristic rich green glaze, beautiful underglaze brown painting of geometric and plant patterns on one side and plant shoots on the other, wonderful finely crackled glaze. 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 with typical Japanese elliptical lines on the bottom left by a string used to cut the item off the turning wheel, stamped with the seal of the potter by the bottom. Old turned lid lined with gold lacquer paper on the inside. Comes with old wrapping cloth and newer storage box. Beautiful piece in Japanese taste in great condition. Height with cover 3 1/8/8 inches.