Sumida Gawa Boy Figural INKWELL - RARE Antique Vintage Ethnographic Pottery
Japanese Sumida Gawa wares were produced in the Akasuka region of Tokyo near the Sumida River (or gawa) for which these ceramics were named. In 1866, Inoue Ryosai (Ryosai I), a Seto potter, established a kiln in this district. He became renowned for the glaze colors he developed. Ryosai II, an internationally acclaimed artist-potter who became the adopted son (and son-in-law) of Ryosai I, took over the family business and the potter name in 1875. The earliest Sumida wares date from the 1890s and were often entirely covered with glaze. It was during this period that he developed the style characteristic of Sumida Gawa wares: porcelain-bodied wares with flambe curtain glazes and applied figures in high relief. The dark green glaze is assumed to have been used from 1890 through the early part of 1900. First time offered from this estate, very rare and impossible to find, Sumida Inkwell. Exceptional detail with no chips, cracks or hairlines.
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