Condition: Excellent

Japanese Satsuma Ware | Antique Satsuma Teapot | 1930

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. The glaze was applied in thin layers and when heated sufficiently and cooled quickly, resulted in small hairline fractures that covered the entire surface.

Rattan Handle is in excellent condition. Porcelain is in excellent condition with no cracks or dings 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)      (8.9cm dia. x 8.9cm h)

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, 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.

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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