Signed Matsuura Made 松浦造, this Japanese Awata Kyo-yaki Satsuma Ware vase is decorated in chrysanthemums and many lovely flowers. Like the similar Kinkozan pieces we have, it is considered Awata Kyo-yaki Satsuma Ware. Also like the Kinkozan pieces, on a hand formed piece of yellow Satsuma pottery in a cream colored glazed background, the vase is heavily decorated in overglaze enameled chrysanthemums of many colors. The bottle is a traditional Japanese shape similar to a sake bottle with high shoulders and a wide mouth, designed as a vase or 'kabin' as it is called in Japanese. Matsuura the potter and artist was another famous potter in Japan of the times of the Meiji period and early 20th century. Examples of his work also discussed on Gotheborg are seen in many museums and galleries as well. He is written about in many books which can be found on the internet. This probably dates to the Meiji period and is in excellent condition with no cracks or chips and minimal service wear except on the bottom rim where it is a little dirty. This vase is signed in three places, It is signed, 草花 Kusabana, which is descriptive of the decoration meaning 'grass and flowers'.On the bottom is it signed, '松浦造' or Matsu'ura-zō which means Matsu'ura- made. Thank you, Sandra Andacht Simon and Yoshio Kusaba san for the translation. As he also mentioned and as in written in books, Kinkozan and Matsu'ura worked together in collaborative examples like these
SIZE: Height , 6 ¾ inches or 17.14 cm
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. This is a different Satsuma than the Kyo-yaki Awata area Satsumas.
According to Gothbergs, Pieces manufactured in Awata near Kyoto, after the Edo period, are called Kyoto Satsuma. Later on, Satsuma style wares was also produced in Yokohama and Tokyo. The paste and glaze is probably the same as on Satsuma ware while the style of decoration is different. Sandra Andacht, in her Treasury of Satsuma book, quotes a 19th century visitor to the Kinkozan factory, saying that 'the same glazed pots were decorated in two styles, the one being called Kyoto or Awata ware, and the other Satsuma'.
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