This signed antique Japanese Satsuma-yaki pottery calligraphy suiteki is made in the form of dog or puppy. A suiteki is the name for water dropper and used as water vessel in calligraphy to keep the ink stone wet. This is an old style one and does not appear to have been made for export. It is inscribed on the bottom with a mark we have not been able to get help with, but the signed mark definitely says Satsuma per one of the specialists that often helps us, Sue Lynn Takagi. Further, it most likely says Koshida, who was in business since the 1880's. See more below. The lovely puppy who may be spaniel or other similar puppy has long red on white hair and bright golden eyes. He is handmade. He or she has a lovely red bow around his neck, It appears to have originally been glazed, and there is some wear to the glaze. The fact that he is hand signed is significant. This suiteki came from a large suiteki collection from whom one of my fellow sellers collection many of their suiteki including Seto and Hirado. Other than surface wear it is in very good condition with no cracks or chips.
SIZE: Height 3 1/4 inches or 8.89 cm
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From Gotheborgs website:
Koshida seems to have been a prolific maker of Satsuma from at least the 1880,s. Much of their production was decorated by some of the best artists and bears their marks as well as Koshida's. Koshida would have closed about the same time as the Kinkozan factory and the business seems to have reopened post war, either by a family member or by someone simply using a well known name as a cachet. They were first only open during Taisho period (1912-1926) This is a company, rather than artist, name.
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 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. They were later open during the Taisho period (1912-1926).
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 lend to more extensive reading on Satsuma and it’s extensive history. there s also great detail and more history on the Gotheborg website.
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