This is an unmarked Japanese Satsuma box dating to the Meiji Period, which is a time range of 1868 – 1912.
The box is 2 3/4” high and 3 7/8” wide.
The box is square and rests on four solid feet. The ground is a dark mahogany color. The feet and bottom edge are black. On each side of the bottom there is an enameled orange flower set against blue, which is set against black. The lid has a black circle over which are more enameled flowers with green and blue leaves.
The material composition is pottery or faience, and sometimes referred to as a soft paste porcelain.
There is a crackle glaze, which is a glaze that is glazed, and it can be seen in the interior and underside. The rims are not glazed, but colored in the mahogany.
There are nicks along the corners and edges of the top and bottom; almost every corner has a nick and almost every side has one or more small nicks. The rims show loss of color due to rubbing wear.
The prior owner put pads on the bottom of each foot and the pads show a lot of age.
The piece is unmarked; however the bottom has a darker smudge that might have been a maker’s mark at one time.
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