This Japanese vintage Banko yaki Porcelain Money Bag Mizusashi or pot was a nice surprise, Now after more research and seeing other and signed Satsuma pieces made in the same manner, there is no question. I went about looking for Japanese items in pink and was surprised at how many I found including pink tea bowls with this exact same pink palette, mostly recent. I think this is about 30 years old.
This container is very nicely made of very nice quality porcelain piece formed with great detail including the frilly scalloped rim and the bow that looks like it was designed after an obi- sash. It is designed as a money bag with I believe Hotei on top. The lid and top rim are stencil painted. The Samurai scenes are hand painted. It is heavily gold gilded. Usually, when pieces are made this size they are made for the tea ceremony as a mizusashi or water container. I am not sure if this was made or decorated for any specific use. The U.S. seller thought it Satsuma, but I just learned it is Banko yaki. it is not marked, we could be missing a sticker here. This is a lovely and very unique piece of decorated Japanese porcelain well decorated. It is in excellent condition with no cracks or chips.
Size: Height 7 inches or 17.78 cm, Diameter 6 inches or 15.24 cm
There is not much historical information to be found on Banko ware or the internet but I did find one book by Barry Till. It has not consistently remained a favorite by the majority and with a fickle audience, yet there are many who seem to enjoy the fanciful and sometimes seemingly obnoxious pieces. I put what history I could together from the internet as the latest book on Banko ware by Til is one book I do not have in my collection.
In 1890, James Bowes of Liverpool, England; in his book titled “Japanese Pottery” wrote:
In 1890, was referred to as Yedo Banko, and said to be associated with the Capitol of Shogun in the city of Tokio, and made by Gazayemon. Under Ise pottery, continued to be made by his son and his grandson after his death, then after; the kiln appears to have been closed.
Banko ware was at its highest production as made for export during the Meiji period, turn of the century- late 19th through the early 20th century. As one might expect. Previously it was revived in 1831 by a potter named Yusetsu of Ise’, after the production had ceased in 1785.
In Fanciful Images: Japanese Banko Ceramics Hardcover, in the introduction to his book, Barry Till says:
The 17th century Tokyo potter named Banko made pottery in a unique fashion with shapes and decorations include flowers, birds, monkeys, sea creatures and human figures. The late 19th century saw a revival of the Banko style and pieces were made in great numbers. Historical information on early 20th century Japanese Banko ware is quite scarce. This publication discusses the period and features approximately seventy whimsical pieces, both glazed and unglazed, as well as marble ware, from one of the largest private collections in the world.
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