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|Sumida Gawa Pottery is a form of pottery manufactured in Japan in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Brief history and description
Sumida Gawa pottery items were manufactured in Japan near the Sumida River (which runs through the Asakusa district of Tokyo) and were exported to Western countries between the late 1800s and 1920s. Some of the many common and popular Sumida Gawa pottery items include bowls, vases, pitchers, tea pots, jars, mugs and much more.
Sumida Gawa pottery items are typically very heavy and feature three-dimensional figures such as plants, animals, landscapes or humans, such as martial artists, peasants, pilgrims, government officials, Buddhist disciples and children.
Authentic Sumida Gawa pottery items that were manufactured during the late 1800s and early 1900s were marked with the words "Nippon," "Made in Japan" or "Foreign."
Guide for collectors
Sumida Gawa smoking sets, humidors, tobacco jars, ashtrays, inkwells, candle holders, lamp bases, hair receivers and chopstick holders are all considered to be rare, but not necessarily the most valuable.
Larger Sumida Gawa pottery items are considered to be more valuable, while Sumida Gawa pottery items which feature monkey figurines are more common.
Restoration of a Sumida Gawa pottery item is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage. However, restoring the item may decrease its value.
For more information regarding Sumida Gawa pottery, visit Sumida Ware's official website.
Dallas Auction Gallery in Dallas, Texas sold a Sumida Gawa pottery vase featuring an ovoid form, multi-coloured glaze, and a red body with floral decorations (circa late 19th century; 18.5" in height) for $4,500 in October of 2006.
Neal Auction Company in New Orleans, Louisiana sold three Sumida Gawa pottery items including a bowl, a covered jar and a teapot for $600 in February of 2004.
American Auction Co. in Seal Beach, California sold a Sumida Gawa porcelain bowl (circa 1890 to 1905) featuring three human figures circling the edge of the bowl for $420 in November of 2005.
Garth's Auctions in Delaware, Ohio sold two Sumida Gawa mugs (5" and 5.25" in height) featuring elephant and monk figures for $100 in January of 2005.
B.S. Slosberg, Inc. Auctioneers in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania sold a Sumida Gawa pitcher (circa early 20th century; 8" in height) with applied occelots for $80 in October of 2008 and Burchard Galleries Inc in St. Petersburg, Florida sold a Sumida Gawa pitcher (12.5" in height) featuring two human figures for $175 in November of 2011.
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