Meiji Bijutsu

Vintage Seto Chaire

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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Pre 1940: Item # 1189673
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Kita-aoyama 3-14-1
Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan

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This splendid 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.

This particular piece is made in the Seto pottery tradition. The first Seto kilns were established in the 13th century. In the 16th century, most of them moved to the Mino province (current Aichi and Gifu prefectures). While early Seto pieces were greatly inspired by Chinese ceramics, by the Edo period, Seto pottery had shaped its identity as a unique craft centered around the Japanese tea ceremony.

The chaire dates from the late Taisho period (1912-1926) or the early Showa period (1926-1937). It bears an unrecognizable seal on its base (see picture 10). The ears of the pot were asymmetrical prior to firing.

Please let us know if you have some questions.

The chaire is in great condition. Some of the gold has worn off the gebuta (ivory lid) (see picture 8), and the shifuku (silk pouch) presents a 4.5 cm tear (1.8 in) (see picture 12). It will be shipped in a wooden box.
Dimensions: 5.9 x 7.8 cm (2.36 x 3.12 in); 88 g (3.08 oz)

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