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)
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.
Excellent Condition- In unused, or like-unused condition. No visual or structural or surface wear or damage shown. Pristine. As good as the day it was made.
Great Condition- Appears in slightly used condition but looks "Like New". Some minor wear, but retains the original craft/workmanship. May show minor wear, that does not affect the main design, or associated motif. No cracks, dents, chips or missing elements.
Good Condition- Minor wear which can be restored or repaired; may have surface flaws, like staining or soiling, confined to a small area. The flaw(s) are counterbalanced by another feature, like brilliant color or innovative design. Some fading or the piece may have been altered in some fashion.
Fair Condition- Main aesthetic/design showing damage. Excessive noticeable wear or damage. Worth buying if can be restored/repaired because of its aesthetic or design appeal or rarity. Note: wear/damage consistent with age/use can often enhance the 'Antique' qualities of a piece, giving it a desirable second chance in one's collection