Japanese vintage Satsuma Porcelain Money Bag Mizusashi or Canister Karako Finial was a nice surprise, Now after more research and seeing other and signed Satsuma pieces made in the same manner, there is no question. I went about looking for Japanese items in pink and was surprised at how many I found including pink tea bowls with this exact same pink palette.
Made in the style of Meiji period pieces attributed to Chin Jukan, i think this is probably an early Showa period piece of the early 20th and prior to mid- century. Most of the pieces I have seen so far of this design are Meiji period and heavily gold gilded. It is very well made of very nice quality porcelain piece formed with great detail including the frilly scalloped rim and the bow that looks like it was designed after an obi- sash. It is designed as a money bag. The lid and top rim are stencil painted. The Samurai scenes are hand painted. Usually, when pieces are made this size they are made for the tea ceremony as a mizusashi or water container. I am not sure if this was decorated for anything else specific.
Historically, porcelains with the pink background are Chinese and many may think it is Chinese, but it is not. This does not match the pink palette of any Chinese vases or many other similar Chinese items I compared it against. Historically the pink items with karako or children are Chinese, however, the art of this karako does not match any Chinese made karako as painted but it does match the Japanese renditions I have seen. The artwork of the Samurai painted in overglaze enamels are most definitely Japanese and not Chinese art. The U.S. seller thought it Satsuma, but my best guess is it is something like Mino ware or possibly made for a department store as dining ware and probably designer made. it is not marked, we could be missing a sticker here. The bottom unglazed porcelain does resemble Satsuma but I do not find that this is Satsuma. Some of the pink background items I saw are made by Kafuh, a Kyoto ware teabowl, and several other tableware makers from Japan; This is a lovely and very unique piece of decorated Japanese porcelain well decorated.
Size: Height 7 inches or 17.78 cm, Diameter 6 inches or 15.24 cm
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