This unusual Japanese antique Shima Satsuma moriaged box is decorated with a dragon and clouds in the center, and a peony and cherry blossoms border the edge in alternating colors. This is a box about twice as large as a kogo. This handmade and painted box of Satsuma box is outstanding, the pictures do not do it justice. A lovely shimmering Shima Satsuma box decorated with a "Danryu" or circular dragon in center, with purple green red and other colorful moriage, now our updated photos of this early Showa period piece. Sometimes it appears cream colored then sometimes yellow with a gold glow to the Satsuma cream background. The top is almost completely done in enamel and moriage including the dragon itself and the areas under the flowers. Both pieces have a thin silver gilt border around the outside of the rim that meet to make a larger silver border. The design, painting, and overall presentation are of absolute beauty. It is the type of Satsuma known as Shima Satsuma or white Satsuma originally dating back to the 1800's, and there is actually still a kiln carrying on this practice- I do not remember where we got this info as I have been holding on to this for a while. The words 'Hand Painted Made in Japan' and 'Satsuma Design' are painted around the flower on the bottom piece. Based on the Satsuma mark and the design history, most likely this fine bo was made sometime between the 1920s and 1950s, Kyoto Satsuma was reproducing this style during that time, as a specific type clay was needed for the old Shima Satsuma. The cream color has a gold sheen to it. A fine, gorgeous piece in excellent condition, no cracks chips scrapes.
SIZE: 5 inches in Diameter or 12.7 cm. Height 1 1/2 inches or 3.8 cm with the lid on.
Satsuma 'Moriage' According to Gotheborg
Moriage is a slip decoration of raised enamels. It occurs on Satsuma wares as early as circa 1890 but tends to be more carefully applied on early pieces. Moriage also seems to be limited to pieces made outside of the Satsuma domain while being typical for Kyoto Satsuma ware. Crudely applied moriage indicates a dating in the 20th century and was popular on true porcelain well into the 1950s. One of the more popular decorations in this manner is the well known Dragon Ware, where the slip decoration can be so generously applied as to look like cake frosting. Satsuma ware occurs in different qualities where the better and more elaborate of this kind are usually called just Satsuma while similar items but less elaborate, decorated on a heavier stoneware paste or on plain white porcelain, is called Kyoto Satsuma or Satsuma style decorated porcelain respectively.
Kyoto Satsuma is the common name for Satsuma-style export wares produced by kilns in the Kyoto area from the Meiji period into the 20th century, where the Kyoto wares in general, are heavier and more simplified in their details than the true Satsuma wares. The decoration is loosely applied and characterized by slip applied moriage. On earlier pieces, we typically find light green enamels while on the later, we often find rich blue and dark red thick enamels.
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