Chinese Satsuma Vase Marked Royal Satsuma

This is another example of new fake 'Satsuma' pottery made in China and exported to the West in great numbers. The mark with Royal Satsuma in it on this item is a Chinese factory mark. Below 'Royal Satsuma' it reads, "China Pottery Porcelain Fine Products." These are very new items and large numbers of them are readily available on the market for very nominal prices so beware and don't overpay.

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. While early Satsuma may bear little or no decoration, the nineteenth and early twentieth century ware that many of today's collectors seek was decorated with gold and hand painted artwork.

This item does exhibit a softly crackled glaze and sinuous, gilt handles. Both the enameled decoration and gold may help to add decorative appeal, but they don't add any real value. Like other examples already listed in this shop this item lacks the artistic qualities of real Satsuma pottery. The surface decoration is primarily transfer print, with colors applied to the pre-printed design. This piece was not decorated by the hand of a skilled artist, like real Satsuma.

Printing the word 'Satsuma' on a an item cannot make it something it is not. Satsuma is and always has been entirely Japanese pottery. It was never originally made in China. If a mark or paper label indicates a pottery item was made anywhere other than Japan, it cannot be Satsuma. If the body of an item marked with a 'Satsuma' mark is porcelain, it is not Satsuma, since true Satsuma is earthenware.

Measures approximately 11 inches tall.

Item ID: 2007RP000535

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