Subject:Re: Request help Identifying Satsuma mark
Posted By: Martin Michels Mon, Aug 19, 2019
Indeed Hododa Satsuma, the mark reads: Dai Nippon 大日本 Satsuma Yaki 薩广焼 Hododa 保土田 (= Great Japan Satsuma ware Hododa).
Date: 1890-1910. A lot of vases etc. more or less like this were made for him reflecting his idea about the western taste. The quality is in the eyes of the beholder.
This is what I found out about Hododa:
Takichi Hododa born in 1868 in Kanagawa Pref., Tachibana-gun.
In 1873 at the age of 15 he came to Yokohama.
In 1890 at the age of 22 he started to work with Satsuma pottery. It seems he started with buying blanks (among others from Chin Jukan) and painted these or lets others paint the blanks for him.
In 1893 he opened his store in Yokohama: Hododa Shoten.
In 1897 he became a manufacturer and exporter of Satsuma ware, fine arts, curiosities, etc. from Yokohama to the USA and Europa So from that time on, it's likely that Satsuma pieces with Hododa's name were made for him and not by him. His pottery falls into so-called Yokohama Satsuma. His products were made under demand at small factories and studios, set up quickly to meet foreign demands.
In 1904 he was an exhibitor at the St. Louis (USA) World Fair.
There is no record of when he died or when his store ended.