This lovely piece is a Japanese Satsuma footed koro incense burner, which is basically a pot or jar. The piece has incised Japanese marks on the bottom. The literature on reticulated Satsuma says it was made in the Meijii Period, 1868 to 1812, but it is believed that most of the reticulated production was circa 1895.
The burner is 4” high to the top of the lid and 6” wide handle-to-handle.
The glaze is a fine crackle, very controlled with the firing.
The pottery is a cream color, which is the primary color for beautiful Satsuma.
The lid is reticulated or pierced, and to create reticulated pottery there has to be another layer of pottery beneath it. If you haven’t seen reticulated pottery or porcelain before, look at the close-up photo of the lid upside down and you will see what I mean.
Around the outer edge of the lid, and again on the upper belly of the pot, there is a raised band in the pottery.
The handles are some sort of animal, maybe a monkey, with eyes, nose, mouth and ears, highlighted in gold.
The pot rests on three legs that have a mask of a male face on the outer side. Where the leg meets the body there is a hash mark design in the pottery.
The design on the body of the pot, on each side, below and above the raised design band, is one of hand enameled flowers, stems and leaves.
There is another hand enameled design at the top of the pot, below the mouth.
The gold trim is rich and sumptuous.
There are no flaws. It does not appear like the pot was ever used as an incense burner. There is no discoloration, no pattern wear, no gold wear, and no chips, nicks or cracks. The crackle glaze is perfectly created and looks very good.
If you know your Japanese Satsuma marks, I give a close-up photo of the incised marks for your perusal.
This is a beautiful piece.
Japanese Satsuma Reticulated Koro Incense Burner Pot Jar Animal Handles Mask Legs Signed c 1895
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