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Japanese Vintage Satsuma -yaki Porcelain Pair of Tokkuri or Sake Bottles
-This Japanese vintage Satsuma -yaki porcelain pair of tokkuri or sake bottles, made in Japan about 70-80 years ago, or at the turn of or early 20th century. It is decorated in the style of old Satsuma, with crackle ware lines delicately hand painted over the beige underglaze. Two overglaze enamel emblems are painted on the front of the bottle, the larger one looks like an abstract picture of a phoenix, the other a reath of flowers. It is signed on the bottom with the Satsuma mark, which means the artist signed the bottom. The kiln or place it was made is unknown. They are both in excellent condition with no cracks or chips.
Size: Height 5.7inches or 14.5 cm, Dia. 2.6omches or 6.5 cm
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.
Please see the extensive and well-written discussion on the Gotheborg site about Satsuma old history, Awata Kyoto Satsuma, and more. It is very enlightening.
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