A Japanese vintage Satsuma pottery vase dating from the early to mid 20th century. A fine handmade Satsuma glazed pottery vase is highly decorated in overglaze enamel and gold gilt. Colorful birds with some great character and artist rendition of birds, are surrounded by several scenes of flowers and a temple. The vase is full of artistry and colors. It is all outlined in gold gilt and traditional Japanese art borders. It is in excellent condition with the usual Satsuma pottery crazed glaze condition but not cracks or chips. The piece of paper that says ‘Su- zan’ has been on there since before us. This was an estate sale piece from the mid-20th century according to our paperwork. It appears to either be marked 'Shuzan' or 'Shozan' in addition to 薩摩 Satsuma according to the sticker, or the previous owner had additional information. In the case of the marks 'Shuzan' or 'Shozan', please see Gotheborg website. the link can be found under our 'Favorites' links on our home or main page. In that case, the vase dates to between 1915 to 1925, in the case of the latter, possibly to the late Meiji period.
SIZE: Height 8 ¾ inches or 22.22 cm, Diameter: Top: 1 3/8 inches 3.55 cm, Bottom: 2 ¾ inches or 6.98 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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