The typical Satsuma ware is typically a yellowish earthenware usually decorated with a minute decoration with Japanese figures, expressive faces or detailed oriental landscapes, or sometimes embellished with vivid dragons in relief. This ware is in fact an export product specifically designed in the mid 19th century to cater to the western export market. The Japanese themselves had very little interest in this ware.
From around the 1890's to the early 1920's at least twenty larger studios or factories were producing "Satsuma" wares destined for the European and American export. The yellowish earthenware body does not "ring" when tapped. The production soon spread to several cities such as Kyoto, Tokyo, Nagoya, Yokohama and elsewhere throughout Japan, from the Meiji period (1868-1912) up until today.
The gorgeous Satsuma pitcher/ewer was created during the 1890-1910 time period of the Meiji era. The pale yellowish body is decorated with a multitude of designs in subdued earth tones of copper, antique gold, brown, black, gray and white. One side depicts three Oriental children in elaborate costumes playing a game, while the other side is a beautiful colleague of various leaves. The remainder is decorated with intricate geometric designs and beads. The pitcher/ewer measures 6" in height and 5 1/2" across the melon ribbed body. It is stamped in blue with a oval-shaped mark of Oriental letters surrounding an elongated diamond. There are no cracks, chips or repairs. Fantastic workmanship and gorgeous color pallet.
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