Vintage Japanese Satsuma Bowl | Signed Satsuma | Taisho Period
Shown is an exceptional lobed shallow, (foliated), Satsuma ‘sweets’ bowl. The hand-painted scenes are beautifully sketched and detailed depicting a large home nestled in the hills, by a waterfall and surrounded by a bamboo grove. The bamboo motif is repeated on the sides of the piece, which has a ten-lobed rim finished in gold and reddish-brown. The bowl is in exceptional condition, with no dings, chips, and no restoration. Stamp on the bottom translates Satsuma, (now Kagoshima prefecture), and the signature reads Shinkou, (mysterious light), which we understand was the ceramic studio and not an artist’s name. Measures 2-0″ height x 5-0” diameter.
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, often in elaborate decoration and depicting themes directly from the Japanese legends: court life, nature, and artistic images. It has always had a finely crackled glaze. This crackling remains a hallmark of collectible Satsuma to this day. The head of Satsuma at the time established a kiln to support the Korean potters exceptional work. These pieces are highly sought after by a growing body of collectors all over the world.