Japanese Satsuma Ware Vase with Large Female Characters & Birds Yasuda/Hododa (Code 2488)
A large late 19th century Japanese Satsuma ware vase. It is painted with large characters around the body including an intriguing person with feline type face. The rim has a repeating pattern in blue & turquoise. The base is unmarked but it is signed to the side. The mark is in very poorly formed script and the interpretation of the first character could suggest either Yasuda or Hododa. Given the style it is perhaps more likely that it is Yasuda. Interestingly it is also partially signed to the inner base, the only recognisable character there being 田 (Ta). Dates to the end of the Meiji period c1890-1900.
Minor wear and gilt rubbing, fine crazing as appropriate for Satsuma ware. Two firing faults to the rim, with either some copper oxide or glaze contamination. Firing flaw to behind of one lady (image 2) with a fragment of pottery embedded and removing a section of glaze (from an explosion of another nearby pot in the kiln during firing). Other general potting and glaze flaws. Rim left unglazed and interior has not been glazed all the way down.
Height: 24.6 cm ( 9 3/4 inch )
Width: 14.5 cm ( 5 3/4 inch )
Weight: 1360 grams (before packing)
Stock Code: 2488 JN21-6
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