This Japanese vintage fine Satsuma-yaki 薩摩焼き glazed pottery censer or incense burner is made in the style of old Satsuma. I thought it was Kyoto ware made but have been corrected, it is Satsuma, and as it is signed on the bottom. It dates to the early 20th century. It is made in Kyoto and considered Kyo-Satsuma ware. It is handmade pottery made in a six sided hexagon shape with finely shaped tripod legs. It is made in the fashion of old Satsuma with underglaze cream colored pottery and overglaze enamels in beautiful colors. The lid which is most fine is a reticulated open-work lid called sukashi style formed in the shape of a 菊 Kiku or chrysanthemum, and very nicely. The body is decorated with flowers and scrolling work in old Ninsei style in very thick enamels and highlighted all over in gold. It is very beautiful. It is in near perfect condition. There is one small scrape mark on the back top rim or edge. There are no cracks or chips. There is minor surface and age wear. We have one picture of the inside of the lid if needed it can be emailed, and we also added it to the facebook post, it is in near perfect condition, very clean. It has two old spots on the bottom as if there was tags there for a long time. The bottom of this piece is simply signed, Satsuma. A very fine vintage Satsuma- yaki censer.
SIZE: Diameter 4.9 inches or 12.44 cm, Height 3.6 inches or 9.14 cm
See more at the Gotheborg website about Satsuma, Kyoto ware, and Kyo-Satsuma as well as Awata-Kyo-yaki, it is very interesting.
Satsuma ware 薩摩焼
Satsuma ware written 薩摩焼 and most often called satsuma-yaki. Defined, Satsuma porcelain is a type of Japanese earthenware pottery. It originated in the late 16th century, during the Azuchi-Momoyama period, and is still produced today. Many famous and well-known potters have been makers of Satsuma, such as the 'zan' brothers as they are often called.
According to Gothberg's. The circle with a cross that often makes up a part of the marks, are the Shimazu mon or the family crest of the clan that ruled Satsuma Han. Satsuma was produced in Kagoshima, Kyoto, Tokyo, Osaka, Kobe, and Kanazawa by hundreds of known artists, in many styles and by literally thousands of unknown decorators. Meizan has pieces authenticated as being done in Kanazawa Kutani. For most of the Zan brothers nothing is known, in spite of very good quality work and many good studio pieces are simply unmarked.
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