Sumida Gawa Cup - Japanese Pottery - Signed - Large

We have for sale a nice Sumida Gawa pottery cup with handle. The cup measures 5 1/4" high with a top diameter of 3 ½". It is decorated with a figure of a pretty young girl with a green basket. This piece is in the standard unglazed orange background, with the green and brown flowing glaze. This piece is signed on the glazed plaque. Both of her hands are missing and the price reflects the condition.

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.

Item ID: 964

$185 USD

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