DESCRIPTION: A tall Japanese Sumida Gawa (Sumida River) vase featuring two hand molded children in high relief. The rim and neck of the vase are covered in a rich, dark flambé glaze that runs down the shoulders onto the ribbed body. Each of the children are perched on a ledge above and below a large, flat vase. The child at the top puts something in, while at the bottom of their vase we see a crack where water pours out. Signed "Ryosai" on small blue & white cartouche; excellent condition with no chips or repairs. DIMENSIONS: 12" high (30.5 cm) x 4 1/4" diameter (10.8 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).