Offered for purchase is a beautiful American Satsuma Enameled Floral Design Covered Jar (Signed "L.M.O."/Dated 1918) hand-painted/decorated in the US or Canada as part of the Arts & Crafts movement. The item is in excellent condition… no chips, cracks or repairs, although there are some surface scratches and wear from age and use. The jar is approximately 3.75 inches in diameter and 4.75 inches tall including the lid. The bottom is marked as indicated in the pictures.
You may ask, what is American Satsuma? During World War I, there was a limited supply of porcelain from Europe for the North American china decorators. Porcelain and pottery blanks from Japan were more readily available and so were utilized by the china decorators during that time. The pottery from Japan was heavy and as pottery, tended to craze over time, which also lends itself to staining very easily. Keramic Studio Magazine often had designs and instructions specifically for American Satsuma to assist the amateur artists on how to handle the pottery best. Most American Satsuma decorations are heavily enameled, and combined with the crazing of the pottery, result in some stunning Arts & Crafts hand-painted items.
American Satsuma Enameled Floral Design Covered Jar (Signed "L.M.O."/Dated 1918)