Here is an antique unsigned Satsuma vase from the Meiji period. It is 10 1/2" tall. The mouth is 4" wide rim to rim, the widest point is 5." It is painted with two different scenes separated by hand painted and hand decorated panels of abstract flowers and geometric shapes. One scene is of two men, probably scholars or sages in floral kimonos in pink, blue, and gold. The other scene is a man in a kimono with two children. There is crazing or crackling to the glaze throughout. This crackle effect in the glaze is traditional for Meiji period Satsuma, as is the two panel scene. There are no chips or cracks. There are a couple of spots where it looks like the paintbrush slipped. The painting is finely detailed, with raised enamel (moriage) and heavy gilt decoration. There are kiln marks around the base and a red ink mark on the foot that I cannot interpret or identify, but it may be a reign mark.
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