Meiji Bijutsu

Antique Satsuma Chaire Signed Tokuzan

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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Pre 1920: Item # 1186254
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Kita-aoyama 3-14-1
Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan

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This spectacular chaire (tea caddy) is part of a series of mostly antique and vintage items that we recovered from the storehouse of a retired construction contractor. His house is located in the southern part of Kyoto, where buildings from the Edo and Meiji periods still stand. His son not being interested in inheriting his father's collection, we were asked to take them out, and we are now able to present them to you.

Chaire are thick green tea containers used during the Japanese tea ceremony. The red and gold rim around the metallic lid crowns the sublimely crackled vitrified yellow glaze and gives a princely air to the tea container. The metal lid fits so perfectly that removing it causes the smaller lid inside to be sucked out (the first time I opened it, it flew a yard away); a skillful metalwork indeed. The tea caddy is signed Tokuzan, a well known maker of Satsuma porcelain and dates from the end of the Meiji (1868-1912) or beginning of the Taisho periods (1912-1926).

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The chaire is in excellent condition. A few minute enamel wears are visible on the edge of the red and gold rim (see pictures) but they do not tarnish the integrity of the chaire.
Dimensions: 9.2 x 10.3 cm (3.7 x 4.1 in); 335 g (11.7 oz)

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