Subject:Re: Help Identifying Origin of Vase, Sumida?
Posted By: Martin Michels Mon, Oct 14, 2019
The mark reads: 香二 (from left to right).
It's a mark of Koko Ishiguro, a quality Sumida potter.
Actually, the translation of these characters is "Ko" 香 and Ni 二. The last can be considered as an iteration mark, so Ko twice = Koko. A practical joke by the artist. He also wrote his name as 香子 (Koko): 2 different Ko characters or as 香香 (Koko): twice the same character.
Date: somewhere between 1890-1920.
This name is sometimes translated as Koji.
But often translated as Ban-ni, because the Gotheborg website uses that name for these 2 characters, being totally unknown how these characters should be interpreted.
It's a pity that many think that Gotheorg website is the bible for Japanese marks, which it is not. For Chinese marks, perhaps. But as far as Japanese marks are concerned, that site is simply wrong here and there. And those mistakes are being copied and copied, creating their own truth.