Bankoware Teapot

A small teapot with a large handle. Marbled white and brown. It is sitting on a brown table.
Bankoware Teapot from the Eldon House collection

Country of Origin: Japan  
Year: ca. 1895  
Materials: Porcelain   

Bankoware is a style of pottery that typically comes from Yokkaichi, Japan. This piece is unglazed, brown, and white marbled pattern with a proportionate side handle. Most items produced in this style are teacups, teapots, flower vases, and sake vessels originating in the 19th century. The handle on this piece looks like and acorn and is free moving, which means it is a separate piece, and the fact that it is free moving shows the advancements of pottery technique.