This beautifully decorated Meiji period Japanese Satsuma bowl is marked for Shuzan and has a high-walled lobed form. The interior of the bowl is heavily gilded and features a pair of colorful birds resembling Japanese Golden Pheasants. The birds are perched in a lush floral setting which includes seven large peonies executed in shades of red, purple, blue, yellow and green. The scene inlcudes multiple pink and white cherry blossoms dangling above the birds' heads. The exterior of the bowl bears two groups of pink cherry blossom accents which echo those found in the interior of the piece. The area just beneath the rim on the inside has been finished with a wine-colored band bearing linear gilt accents while the rim itself is gilded.
The bowl is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks or repairs. The decoration is bright and vivid showing little-to-no sign of wear. As an antique, the piece shows signs of age consisting of very fine crazing to the glaze and a few areas of discoloration under the glaze on the exterior which are mentioned for accuracy. The bowl stands 3.25" tall and measures 8.325" across the rim. The gilt trimmed foot rim is 4.5" in diameter and the center bears a hand painted Shuzan mark. The bowl weighs in at 2lbs 7oz.
This lovely Japanese Meiji era bowl displays beautifully and would be a great addition to a collection of Satsuma. An elegant piece!
Antique Japanese Satsuma Lobed Bowl Signed Shuzan Meiji Period Birds and Flowers Motif