This Japanese vintage Kyo-Satsuma pottery vessel is decorated in gyosu blue underglaze and overglaze white peonies, lots of butterflies in gold, and lots of gold everywhere! It is highly decorated on a handmade pottery piece from early 20th century Japan. A gold eagle on a branch adorns the top as the finial. The handles are a long scrolling design with large gold raised butterflies surrounding them as part of the very decorative handles. Even the center of the flowers, branches, leaves and some of the accessory flowers are in gold. The borders are in gold and cream and it sits on rounded tripod feet which have virtually no wear to them. Not sure of the utilitarian use, it is more decorative than anything.
I would hesitate to use and injure this as I have already done. The lid has a repair and in my impatience did not do such a great job. But, as one can see from the pictures it is not so noticeable unless one if right on top of it. Other than that we do not see any injuries cracks or chips and was in excellent condition when we got it, but Sharon broke the lid. The surface including the glaze, moriage, and enamel decorations are in excellent condition. It is hand signed on the rim of the lid and the rim of the vessel which is not shown, this may represent an inventory or other marking concern and not necessarily a potter or kiln name. There is fine crazing throughout which is part of the glaze crazing in Satsuma ware and totally normal for Satsuma. It is a lovely and highly decorated old Kyoto Satsuma ware piece probably dating to the late Meiji or Taisho to early Showa period 1920's.
SIZE: Height 10.5" or 26.67 cm, Diameter 6.5" or 16.51 cm, Large and heavy
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Satsuma ware 薩摩焼
Satsuma ware 薩摩焼 satsuma yaki is a style of Japanese earthenware originally from the Satsuma region of what is today southern Kyūshū. Today, it can be divided into two distinct categories: the original plain dark clay early Satsuma called ko-satsuma 古薩摩 which is very rare to find these days was made in Satsuma from around 1600, during the Azuchi-Momoyama period. Most of the old and new pieces we see today are classified as Kyoto Satsuma and fall under the Kyoto Awata category. Although the term can be used to describe a variety of types of pottery, the best-known type of Satsuma ware has a soft, ivory-colored, crackled glaze with elaborate polychrome and gold decorations. Satsuma ware originated when the Shimazu of the Satsuma domain in southern Kyūshū relocated skilled Korean potters after Toyotomi Hideyoshi's Japanese Invasions of Korea to establish a local pottery industry.
Later, after display at an international exhibition in Paris in 1867, it proved popular as an export to Europe. the elaborately decorated export Satsuma 京薩摩kyō satsuma ivory-bodied pieces which began to be produced in the nineteenth century in various Japanese cities. By adapting their gilded polychromatic enamel overglaze designs to appeal to the tastes of western consumers, manufacturers of the latter made Satsuma ware one of the most recognized and profitable export products of the Meiji period.
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