Japanese Satsuma Ware | Antique Satsuma Teapot | Meiji Period

This teapot has a very finely drawn multi colored floral and bamboo motif in two large and two smaller cartouche. The artwork is exceedingly well delineated with gold edging. The designs also feature a form of decoration called moriage, which is a term used to describe the use of raised enamel on the surface of Japanese Satsuma pottery which lends an added effect to the pieces. Although the glaze crackling, (Kannyu), make the ceramics look more antique in appearance, the effect was used more to give richness and depth to the colors.

Porcelain and rattan handle are in excellent condition with imperfections on teapot or lid. The piece has the Shimazu family crest on the bottom which dates to the Meiji Period (1861-1912). Dimensions: 3 ½” dia. x 3 ½”h (incl. handle).

Historical Information—

The ancient Japanese province of Satsuma, now Kagoshima prefecture, is located in the southernmost part of the island of Kyushu. Its association with the production of pottery and earthenware was well known by the early 17th century. Satsuma ware is somewhat between porcelain and pottery clays. Most of the early Satsuma ware featured a cream-colored body painstakingly painted with enamels and gold leaf. It has always had a finely crackled glaze. This crackling remains a hallmark of collectible Satsuma to this day. Originally Satsuma wares were made for the Japanese household and not for export before mid-nineteenth century. They tended to be small and included tea bowls (Chawan), water jars (Mizuzashi), incense burners (Koros), incense boxes (Kogos), vessels for flower arrangement (Ikebana) and small teapots for individual use.


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