Japanese Portable Tea Ceremony Full Set with Box | Oribe Ware | 1930 – 1950
This is a tea ceremony set in a portable carrying box with an interior drawer to hold tea implements. The piece is finished off with the use of a bronze handle and pull. The box (shuno-bako) is made of Kiri wood, (pine), which is native to the Japanese Islands. It is extremely rare to find an Oribe tea set such as this. The set includes a large, SIGNED, Oribe tea bowl (chawan) by the artist TOMITO, an Oribe water basin with an everted lip, a wooden red lacquer tea caddy for thin tea, (natsume), (showing a motif representing a sixteen petal chrysanthemum, and the body decorated with a paulownia blossom), tea whisk, (chasen), tea scoop, (chashaku), and linen cloth, (chakin), for cleaning the bowl. An interesting feature is a caddy-like sliding shelf, that is meant to be removed, and is beautifully carved, and stores the chasen and natsume. Age: Showa period. The box, which shows minimal exterior wear, has a grey grained finish, and all pieces completing the set are beautiful, and in original perfect condition. Dimensions: 9-0”w x 7-0”d x 9-0”h.
In Japan, “serving tea is an art and a spiritual discipline”. As an art, the tea ceremony is an occasion to appreciate the simplicity and design of the tearoom, the feel of the pottery bowl in the hand, the company of friends, and a simple moment of purification. As a discipline, it has roots in the twelfth century and intimate connections to architecture, design, landscape, gardening, pottery, incense, flower arrangement, and of course, Zen Buddhism.
Additionally, the Japanese Art of the Appreciation of Incense, (which is one of three classical Japanese arts of refinement), has a very formal structured codified conduct regulating its ceremony. This process has numerous tools, hence the incense holder/incense, included in the set, which, much like tools of the tea ceremony, are valued as high art. Note, the woodblock is for illustrative purposes showing Customes and Tea.