Subject:Re: Japanese Tea Set
Posted By: Martin Michels Sun, Nov 03, 2019
The left picture of the mark is correct and reads:
Dai 大 Nippon 日本 Bijutsu 美術 (= Great Japan art).
Satsuma 薩摩 Yaki 焼 (= Satsuma ware).
Hododa 保土田 Kinsei 謹製 (= carefully made by Hododa).
Although vague, the name is Hododa. This is a typical Hododa product with these decorations. Also the term (Dai Nippon) Bijutsu is often used on Hododa marks. Date: 1890-1910.
Takichi Hododa born in 1868 in Kanagawa.
In 1890 he started to work with Satsuma pottery. It seems he started with buying blanks (among others from Chin Jukan) and painted these or let 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.