Finer works of Satsuma are characterized by a very fine crackle cream ground, on a fine stoneware base that does not ring, with finely hand painted details, usually embellished with gold. What we see mostly in Satsuma are the large clunky wares that were specifically designed for European and American export, which held little interest for the Japanese. These often had thick raised glazes and random crudely done Japan-ism themes. This rare, finely executed piece has an added paper label, required by the McKinnley Tariff Act, and since it simply says Japan, should date it before 1915. We are also looking at the style and form to date the piece. Notice the bottom has the Shimazu mon, family clan circle above the seal stamp. This excellent vase is free of any flaws, retains its gold, and measures 8 inches tall.
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