17.8 x 11.0cm overall:
a - cage; 17.8 x 11cm
b - lid; 2.4 x 6.9cm
This fine example of Satsuma ware was produced in Yokohama by a company begun by Hodota Takichi, formerly a tea merchant. The piece is signed 'Masanobu', possibly the decorator. With the Meiji Satsuma ware, the base was often made in Kagoshima, the traditional Satsuma ware region, and sent to various areas to be decorated. Some pieces found their way to the domestic market, but most were made for export.
The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.267.
Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales 2003, 'Ceramics', Domain, 2003, 267 (colour illus.).
Jackie Menzies, Antiques in New South Wales Apr 1987-Aug 1987, 'A Japanese Miscellany', pg. 7, Sydney, Apr 1987-Aug 1987, 7 (illus.).
Public Programmes Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales and The Japan Foundation (Editors), Art speaks Japanese: Japanese language education kit from the collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales 2007, Sydney, 2007, (colour illus.). card no. 13