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Antique Early 20C Japanese Sumida Yaki pottery Incense burner Koro

Antique Early 20C Japanese Sumida Yaki pottery Incense burner Koro

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Condition Report: The lid has two chips on the inside and some crackle lines, the koro has a chip to figures head, 1 small chip and frit to inside rim. Size 130mm high and 140mm diameter

Rare and detailed piece. Sumida Yaki pottery. This colorful ware was made for export to the West and is usually covered with figures in relief. Like this particular and friendly piece. The outside wall has two figures in relief. 1 holding the others leg with a rob and it seems therefore he falls and drops a vase. So nice. The lid with a sitting figure.

There is a carved mark at the base, but we cannot decipher it.

This distinct type of wares got its name from the Sumida river running near the Asakusa pottery district near Tokyo. The style of applied figures on a surface with flowing glaze was invented about 1890 by the Seto potter Ryosai I, who worked in Tokyo from about 1875 to 1900. They are often embellished with glazed plaques with hand written signatures or general good luck symbols. A great number of the pieces are probably the work of a single family – Inoue Ryosai I (1828-), Inoue Ryosai II (born c. 1860), and Inuoue Ryosai III (1888-1971) who moved the manufacturing site to Yokohama in 1924. After the move to Yokohama more colours e.g. orange were added to the wares.

The mark indicates 井上良斎 Inoue Ryōsai (1888-1971)

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Additional Information

Weight 25 kg
Type

Region of Origin

Century

20th century

Primary Material

Condition Report

The lid has two chips on the inside and some crackle lines, the koro has a chip to figures head, 1 small chip and frit to inside rim. Size 130mm high and 140mm diameter

Japan Dynasty Periode

Meiji Periode (1867-1912)

Japanese Style

Sumida Pottery