Antique Asian Works of Art from Ancient East

Japanese Sumida Gawa Vase with Monkey

Japanese Sumida Gawa Vase with Monkey

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Earthenware: Pre 1920: Item # 1207878

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DESCRIPTION: A Japanese Sumida vase with round neck covered in a rich, thick flambé glaze running to the shoulders, with a high relief figure of a monkey balanced on a rocky ledge. In his right hand the monkey holds a peach (symbol of longevity) he has pulled from a green vase; these are all contrasted against the ribbed red body of the vase. Excellent condition with no chips; signed "Ryosai" on the base. DIMENSIONS: 5 3/4" high (14.5 cm) x 2 1/2" diameter (6.5 cm).

ABOUT SUMIDA EARTHENWARE POTTERY: This charming and highly collectable studio pottery originates from the Sumida River area in Japan (near Tokyo). Produced primarily for export from the late 19th Century through the early 20th Century, this form of pottery is valued for the uniqueness of its handmade relief figures of people and animals engaged in various activities, often humorous or depicting scenes from folklore. The tops are usually covered with a thick glaze in earth tones while the bodies of the pieces have an applied “cold paint” (usually red).