This beautiful lacquered tea caddy has a glossy rich black and red, colored lacquer on shaped wood. It was made for freshly sifted usucha, (thin green tea), used for serving guests, or in the tea ceremony. Condition: Excellent with no dings, chips or fading. Dimensions: 2-5/8”dia x 2-0”h.
The Japanese Tea Caddy, (Natsume), is named for its resemblance to the natsume fruit (jujube). It is short with a flat lid and rounded bottom, and is usually made of lacquered or untreated wood. Cha-ire and Natsume are used in different ceremonies; normally cha-ire is used when serving koicha, and natsume for serving Usucha. Natsume is considered a high-ranking tea utensil.
Excellent Condition- In unused, or like-unused condition. No visual or structural or surface wear or damage shown. Pristine. As good as the day it was made.
Great Condition- Appears in slightly used condition but looks "Like New". Some minor wear, but retains the original craft/workmanship. May show minor wear, that does not affect the main design, or associated motif. No cracks, dents, chips or missing elements.
Good Condition- Minor wear which can be restored or repaired; may have surface flaws, like staining or soiling, confined to a small area. The flaw(s) are counterbalanced by another feature, like brilliant color or innovative design. Some fading or the piece may have been altered in some fashion.
Fair Condition- Main aesthetic/design showing damage. Excessive noticeable wear or damage. Worth buying if can be restored/repaired because of its aesthetic or design appeal or rarity. Note: wear/damage consistent with age/use can often enhance the 'Antique' qualities of a piece, giving it a desirable second chance in one's collection