This example is a fake listed to show another of several different Chinese 'Satsuma' marks in the 'Royal Satsuma' arena. Chinese ceramics makers have historically preferred to make copies of pottery and porcelain articles resourced from their own country's long and gloried history in that medium. However, in association with a dramatic rise in prices for authentic Japanese Satsuma and collectors avidly seeking that particular type of item, rest assured American reproduction wholesalers would not miss the opportunity to order some replicas of same to be made for stock. Once Japanese Satsuma became a good bet for profits in the 1980's, fakes were ordered, made and sold. See other items in this shop marked 'Royal Satsuma,' though their particular mark does not include the name of the factory in Chinese, making them initially, perhaps, a bit more difficult to identify as to country of origin.
Satsuma is and always has been an entirely Japanese-made pottery. It was never originally made in China or anywhere else, only Japan. If the mark you see on the bottom of a piece indicates it was made anywhere other than Japan, it cannot be Satsuma. Printing the word 'Satsuma' somewhere on an item cannot make it something it is not. All Chinese made 'Satsuma' marked items are contemporary fakes with no current collector value.
This item measures 9 1/4 inches tall by 7 inches wide and 4 1/2 inches deep. Base diameter - 3 inches.
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