ceramics

SUZUKI Goro | Goribe Tea Caddy

SUZUKI Goro 鈴木五郎 (1941- Works in Aichi)
GoribeTea Caddy  茶入 五利部
H3.5" x Dia2.8", H9.1 x Dia7.3cm
Signed Go 五 at the bottom
Oribe glazed stoneware
With Signed Wood Box
$4,000

This precious tea caddy by artist Suzuki Goro just beg to be held and caressed.
Goro's extraordinary Goribe style continues to thrill. We have brought you many Goribe pieces in the past, and this Goribe tea caddy is an excellent addition to the series.Reading like a collaged masterpiece, this black tea caddy brings together several humorous vignettes set into small roundels. These scenes show a gourd, a baby melon on the vine, and a spiral reminiscent of the paintings of Alexander Calder. A rectangular window of yellow Seto-style clay reveals the outline of a flower, overpainted in a deep green hue. These scenes are set off against a pitch black body that has the feeling of rich, supple leather. The contrast between the deep black and the playfully illustrated scenes gives this piece a graphic feel. It encourages visual and tactile exploration, as Goro continues to delight our many senses.

The tea caddy originated in China. When Zen Buddhist Eisai (栄西) brought the seed of the tea tree to Japan, he used a ceramic container to hold his gift to the Kyoto monk Myoue-syonin (明恵上人). In China, people had used these small containers for medicines or spices, but they traditionally did not have lids. With the advent of tea culture in the Muromachi and Momoyama period, these tea caddies from China became extremely valuable, so much so that generals used them in negotiations and sometimes even fought battles over them. Early Japanese tea caddies followed the Chinese styles, but during the Edo period soon after they evolved into unique Japanese forms that included both ceramic and lacquer works. Here, Goro has made a lacquer lid and a ceramic lid to compliment this splendid tea caddy. Treasure it!

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