Up for sale a large vintage Sumida Gawa vase with a crimped opening. The vase measures 11 1/2" high and is decorated with two men; one is holding what looks like a shell. One of his hands is missing and there is an area where the glaze is missing. The colors are the standard unglazed orange background with the green/blue and smoky black flowing glaze. Other than missing hand and a small chip about 1/2" x 3/4" on top lip, the condition is good! This piece is signed on a glazed plaque on side. Crazing in the glazed areas. Price reflects damage.
FYI: This colorful ware was made for export to the West and is usually heavy and covered with figures in relief. Most pieces are everyday objects such as tea pots, vases, and mugs. This distinct type of wares got its name from the Sumida River running near the Asakusa pottery district near Tokyo. Sumida pottery has often been called by many names - Poo ware, Sumidagawa, Banko, or Asakusa Banko. 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 colors e.g. orange were added to the wares. The later pieces also have an unglazed background. Ref: Contents Ltd.