Beautiful tea caddy (chaire) with brown and black ash glaze partly with encrustations at the back side. Especially on the distinct shoulders the ash glazes has a vivid amber color and one single green glaze drop running downwards on one side. The whole body is covered by small pieces of quartz sand, which were flowering during firing. The item is signed 'ra' (ら) at the bottom and comes with a silk pouch (shifuku) and a fitted, signed and sealed wooden box.
Takahashi Rakusai IV was born 1925 in Shigaraki and is probably the most famous Shigaraki potter. The Takahashi family is along with the Ueda family the oldest potter family in Shigaraki and largely responsible for preserving traditions, especially after the second world war. Takahashi Rakusai IV succeeded his father the third Takahashi – who was designated as "Intangible Cultural Property" by government – in 1976 and passed the tradition subsequently to his son in 2010.