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.
Place where the work was made
Meiji period 1868 - 1912 → Japan
17.8 x 11.0 cm :
a - cage; 17.8 x 11 cm
b - lid; 2.4 x 6.9 cm
Signature & date
Signed base, in Japanese, gilding [inscribed] " ... Dainihon Satsuma-yaki Hodota seizô Masanobu [Satsuma ware from Japan, made by Masanobu of Hodota]" [and artist's seal]. Not dated.
Gift of Charles Binnie 1939
Not on display
Where the work was made
Referenced in 3 publications
Jackie Menzies, Antiques in New South Wales, 'A Japanese Miscellany', pg. 7, Sydney, Apr 1987-Aug 1987, 7 (illus.).
Art speaks Japanese: Japanese language education kit from the collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2007, (colour illus.). card no. 13
The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Ceramics', Sydney, 2003, 267 (colour illus.).