This listing is for a stunning MEIJI Period Japanese SATSUMA Porcelain enameled and gilded CRACKER JAR. This cracker jar is museum quality from the MEIJI Period (1868-1912). The cracker Jar has a square shape and is painted with polychrome enamels with gilt medallions on each side that include finely detailed hand painted figures wearing elaborately decorated clothes. The jar is mounted with brass band around the top with fitted lid and swing handle. Unmarked. Satsuma is a yellowish earthenware usually decorated with detailed Japanese figures with expressive facial features, landscapes and sometimes further embellished with dragons. This ware was generally created for the export market of the MID-19th CENTURY to cater to Western markets.
Dimensions: 10" high (at handle), 5" high at jar with a 5" square shaped body. The top diameter is 4 1/2" in diameter.
Condition: This nice cracker jar is in excellent Estate condition with no chips, cracks or repairs. The enameling and gilding are in excellent condition, although there is normal faint crazing as is often found on Satsuma pottery (see photos). No other noted flaws.