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Subject:Japanese Tea Set
Posted By: BL Sat, Nov 02, 2019 IP:

Hi everybody,

I recently bought the piece below which is part of a five piece tea set at a flea market in New York City. The dealer who sold it to me said it was hand painted and made in the 19th century. I would appreciate it if anybody could confirm or contradict would the dealer told me. Also any other information that would be important for me to know.
I wasn't sure of the orientation of the characters so one photo has both possibilities. Thanks in advance for any information you can give me.


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.


Subject:Re: Japanese Tea Set
Posted By: BL Sun, Nov 03, 2019

Martin-Thanks for the information. I appreciate it.

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