This remarkable 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.
The chaire dates from the Meiji period (1868-1912). It is a Takatori ware, made at the foot of mount Takatori, in Fukuoka prefecture (ancient Chikuzen province). The first Takatori kiln was established by a Korean potter named Hachizan (Japanese name), who was brought to Japan by the Kuroda clan, which ruled over that part of Kyushu, at the end of the 16th century. Hachizan made potteries for the lords of that domain, who were tea ceremony practitioners. It is also said that Kobori Enshu (1579-1647), a great tea master of the Edo period, favored Takatori pottery.
This particular chaire features the wonderful running colored Takatori glaze. Its low shape makes it an “utsumi”(inland sea) chaire, although it is much lower than usual. The gebuta (ivory lid), covered in gold underneath, dates from the same period and is also very well made. A sublime vessel for a tea ceremony enthusiast or a collector of rare Japanese artifacts.
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The chaire is signed and in perfect condition.
Dimensions: 8.8 x 4.2 cm (3.5 x 1.7 in); 122 g (4.3 oz)
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