Irregularly shaped cylindrical chaire. Tea caddy used in the tea ceremony during the colder months. Dark brown or black glaze with one thick splash of yellow and green glaze. Footring. Raku style. Japan, 17th/18th century.
H 3¾ inches
Firing crack at lip, several old gold lacquer repairs at lip and foot and bottom, all in all fine condition
This probably was a drinking cup (mukozuke) originally and was converted into a tea caddy at some point.
Provenance: Private collection of chaire; purchased at Christie's South Kensington Japanese Art and Design Including Arts of the Samurai Wednesday 9 November 2011, Lot #81; Cleveland Museum of Art (paper labels TR2741; 17 146; and 17 146A); several other collection labels.