This fine tea caddy (chaire) was made by Shigaraki master Takahashi Rakusai IV. The cylindrical shaped body has scratched lines under the shoulder and above the foot. The surface shows a fantastic color change between the ash glazed and unglazed parts, where the typical sand-colored clay turned partly into orange and red due to oxidation during the firing process. The inside is covered by an emerald-green ash glazing.
A beautiful piece in perfect condition that exemplifies Rakusai IV's excellent knowledge of the old Momoyama-period (1573-1603) Shigaraki style. Comes with signed wooden box and beautiful silk pouch that suits perfectly the colors of the caddy with its bright colors.