A Japanese antique Kyoto Awata Satsuma yaki vase kabin for ikebana is about 100 years old dating to the Meiji period of 1868-1912. Kabin means vase, and ikebana means a flower arrangement. The body is made with the popular Satsuma stoneware. It is glazed in the lovely creamy Satsuma glaze. It is overpainted with thick enamel decorations of Chinese karako men and women dancing in the yard carrying sansui or hand held fans and small hanging lanterns. The enameled karako and background scenery are drawn and painted very very well with great artistry skill and talent and there are some wonderful painting of the children playing. A little snow is shown on the ground, selectively in white moriage. The colors are beautiful. This is a most excellent and very fine Satsuma vase of the Meiji period. It is in excellent condition with no cracks or chips. There is not a signature.
Size: Height 7.4 inches or 18.79 cm, Diameter 5.9 inches or 14.98 cm. Weight 930 grams or 2.05 lbs.
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.
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.
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