Vintage hand painted Japanese Satsuma double handle urn vase ceramic / pottery / Asian / Oriental / Japan / moriage / Tashiro Shoten/ Nagoya with Elephant maker mark. (Tashiro Shoten Ltd.) The company seems to have shut down in 1954. Tashiro Shoten Ltd, Nagoya. Measures 6" tall, base 2-1/4" diameter, rim 1" diameter, 5-1/2" across the wide open arms, 15" circumference around the widest point. In excellent well cared for condition, 1954 mark. Tashiro Shoten Ltd porcelain shop in Yokohama which were active before WWII up until 1954. The use of the word "Shoten" indicates the name for a shop which is selling products from its own kiln. The years below are all tentative and we have no firm data on specific years. Carol Bess White, Made in Japan books has it that Goldcastle, CHIKUSA belongs to Tashiro Shoten Ltd in Nagoya, Japan. Other names used by Tashiro Shoten are "Trico", "Trico China", "Royal Trico", and two logo marks: Elephant above MADE IN JAPAN and TA within a cherry blossom flower. For the Japanese market it appears as if a Japanese mark was used since pieces with the elephant mark is hardly or not at all found in Japan today.
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