This is another example of fake ‘Satsuma’ pottery. Strictly decorative Chinese-made 'Satsuma' marked items have been exported to the West in great numbers in recent years. This only began to occur once authentic old Japanese Satsuma pottery began to rise in value. Satsuma is and always has been Japanese-made pottery. It was never originally made in China or anywhere else, only Japan. If a mark or paper label indicates such an item as this was made anywhere other than Japan, it cannot be Satsuma.
The mark seen on this particular item makes very clear the country where it was made. In red, below the word 'Satsuma,' is "Made in China". But not all pieces of new fake Chinese- made Satsuma will give such obvious indication in the mark that it is not authentic Japanese Satsuma. Search this shop to see examples of other marks that may be present that are much less overt.
Authentic Japanese Satsuma pottery distinguishes itself with a finely crackled transparent glaze on a beige or creamy ground. Fine craqueleur of the glaze was done purposefully at manufacture for decorative effect. Note that while the mark on this item identifies it as 'Satsuma' the vase does not actually have the characteristics one expects for that specific type of pottery. The surface is smooth and white, with machine applied decoration intended to be mistaken for hand painted art work. This item was not decorated by the careful hand of an artist and does not resemble true Satsuma.
Remember, printing the word 'Satsuma' on a piece of pottery cannot make it something it is not.
This vase measures approximately 7 inches tall.
Item ID: 2007RP000166
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