The portrayal of giving gifts for an expectant mother is extremely lifelike. The smaller children climbing over each other to see what is going on!! There are nine children present and one on the way!! So the birth of the 10th child would be a most memorable occasion to be looked forward to. Two parents and nine children may seem an unlucky number to Japanese people so to expect the 10th would be a cause of celebration!These thoughts are just mine from looking and guessing what might be happening.. If you have other ideas please let me know... The mottled glaze that cascaded down from the neck is a reminiscence of the unctuous glazes of Shiwan, the pottery center of South China. Many of the glazes were admired and then copied. The red pottery is a convention of Sumida wares and found in many of the pottery pieces.
The signature porcelain cartouche in white gourd shape is following traditions. The blue character mark is for the artist Ban-ni.Sumida Gawa Pottery in Japan was first created for export between the late 1800's and the 1920's Known for their Flambe glaze and figures in relief. There are some other Ban-Ni pottery pieces with figures being listed but I can find none with ELEVEN...
Please see the photos which that tell their story in a better way than I can! PLEASE SEE MY OTHER LISTINGS FOR TWO MORE INTERESTING SUMIDA GAWA..
ONE MOON VASE (signed but not sure of maker).. AND ONE TWO PEOPLE VASE BY Ban-Ni. MEASUREMENTS: Height 12" x 7" at widest point. CONDITION: Excellent antique condition commensurate with age.One ear may be missing or this may be how it was finished. The base has shelf ware and lost some of the red glaze.. Due to the item's age do not expect items to be in perfect condition and I may not describe every little scratch or spot. Please inquire if you have any doubts. I will be more than willing to give you additional information. Please inspect all images for more detailed information and condition of items as pictures are part of my description. If you need more photos or information please message me... Giving four or nine of anything is considered unlucky. These numbers are associated with death because the Japanese word for "four" is pronounced the same as the word for "death". Even though the custom is less popular these days, it's better to be safe than sorry. Gifts in pairs, on the other hand, are considered lucky. And so are the numbers eight and three symbolizing wealth and new life respectively. I try to describe all the items as accurately and as honestly as possible, and I always include photos or scans of the actual items.
My items are usually vintage or antique, very rarely new, and condition will sometimes reflect this with minor marks, wear on gilding etc. Anything major such as cracks chips or major loss of gilding etc will be pointed out in the description and shown on the photos.If you are still unsure as to the condition etc. I do my best to research the item and its history and pass that information on to my customers, you can google items and find the same information I do. Vintage or pre-owned items will often show some signs of wear due to their age, and there may be something I overlooked. Any condition outside normal vintage wear, like chips or cracks or serious defaults, will be noted.
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