This Japanese vintage Satsuma Ware pottery kogo or small incense container was made by the Shimadzu Satsuma Iso-Oniwa-Gama or the official first Shimazu Satsuma kiln in Japan. It is about 30 years old. This is just one of our kogos from many different makers, motifs, types of pottery and porcelain, colors and such, we love them and try to keep the variety in to share with our customers. A kogo is an item used for holding incense in most often for the tea ceremony and the temple, and for the small worship area in the home. The kogo are also wonderful items of character to decorate with, in addition to placing small items in around the house. This is a hand made, hand and tool formed piece in a near perfect round and elegant shape. It is made with the well known clay used for Satsuma, and has an underglaze cream color with just a hint of yellow. There is glaze crazing which happens in the kiln and in this case due to how Satsuma is made, it is not a problem. It is beautifully decorated in the Satsuma style with enamel work hinting at the morage style on the plum blossoms flowers of white. They are especially beautiful. It is decorated in overglaze enamels with beautiful purple and blue-green colors for the flowers, then with gold all over. This piece is in excellent condition with no cracks chips and minimal surface wear, except where a potter's mark is inscribed on the bottom. From the seller. 'The tomobako is signed Shimadzu Iso-Oniwa-Gama or '薩摩焼 島津 磯御庭窯' as follows, quote: 'Writing on the tomobako, the piece made especially for this item: Top right of the lid of the box says ‘Satsuma-yaki’. The second line from the right is Kogo. The third line is Shimadzu clan. The fourth line is Iso-Oniwa-Gama, which means Shimadzu clan's first kiln. The kiln is Iso-Oniwa-Gama 磯御庭窯, Shimazu clan's first and legitimate kiln and where this piece is from, still in operation today since the 1100s'. It is a wonderful vintage Satsuma pottery kogo done in the old style of Shimadzu gama and signed Shimadzu gama.
SIZE: Diameter 2.44 inches or 6.2 cm, Height 1.38 inches or 3.5 cm
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 ko satsuma 古薩摩 made in Satsuma from around 1600, during the Azuchi-Momoyama period, and is still produced today. Most of the old 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.
There is quite an extensive history on Wikipedia by period, most known maker, and includes criticism and how to identify fakes. One of many recommended readings online for Satsuma. The Book references listed on Wikipedia would most certainly tend to more extensive reading on Satsuma and it’s extensive history. We will work on back-tracking over our posts from the last two weeks and update the links for this one to find the Shimazu -gama site.
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