A Japanese vintage Kyoto Satsuma Ware pottery chawan or large tea bowl. Handcrafted from pottery, it is beautifully hand enamelled in blue and red chrysanthemums on a green vine with the shadows of a gate in the background. This is a very nice chawan in a beautiful combination of warm colors. It was made about 30-40 years ago. It is in excellent condition with no cracks or chips.
SIZE: Diameter 4.4" or 11.2 cm, Height 2.7" or 6.9 cm
Satsuma ware written as 薩摩焼 and most often called satsuma-yaki; is a type of Japanese earthenware pottery. It originated in the late 16th century, during the Azuchi-Momoyama period, and is still produced today. 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 is a Japanese pottery with a distinctive creamy beige crackled glaze. Most of the pieces were decorated with blue, red, green, orange, or gold. Almost all Satsuma found today was made after 1860, especially during the Meiji Period, 1868-1912. During World War I, Americans could not buy undecorated European porcelains. Women who liked to make hand-painted porcelains at home began to decorate plain Satsuma. Early Satsuma pieces have floral designs asymmetrically space, with much open space, or pictures of people, usually religious figures. These pieces are known today as 'American Satsuma'.
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.
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