Japanese Satsuma

Satsuma-ware derives its name from the region of Satsuma, Japan where the style of porcelain and ceramic works originated. Originating in the 17th century, Satsuma porcelain was very well known in the Western world and highly sought after during the Meiji era in Japan.

Satsuma pottery took the form of vases, tea sets, pots, and even buttons. They were made of dark yellowish clay decorated with images of people, nature, and mythological creatures like dragons. Unlike other more delicate porcelain counterparts, Satsuma ware has thick, sturdy walls.

Original works marked by the signature of Satsuma pottery masters are highly sought after. This is due to the mass production of later works catered toward Western export, making classic satsuma porcelain pieces much more valuable.

 

Quick Facts

  • To pick out an authentic Satsuma porcelain work, it is important to keep in mind the maker’s mark. These signatures are always hand painted and not stamped, and are sometimes accompanied by a family crest
  • Early works are often very simple and minimal in design. This is due to the favoring of negative space that is prevalent in the Kano school of painting
  • Painted gilding on Satsuma porcelains was not developed until the 19th century. This technique of painting became extremely popular among Western buyers and therefore became the norm for Satsuma pottery produced during this time. Other types of <a href=”https://www.invaluable.com/japanese-vases/sc-ICVQD4PJ51/”>antique hand painted vases</a> also became popular in Japan around the same time.

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JAPANESE KYOTO SATSUMA ENAMELED & GILT GOBLET
Oct 22, 10:00 AM EDT
JAPANESE KYOTO SATSUMA ENAMELED & GILT GOBLET
by Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
Est: $300- $500
$2252 Bids
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Satsuma Tea Jar
Oct 17, 10:00 AM EDT
Satsuma Tea Jar
by New Haven Auctions
Est: $150- $250
$201 Bid
Satsuma vase
Oct 17, 11:00 AM EDT
Satsuma vase
by Treadway Gallery
Est: $400- $600
$2001 Bid
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A SATSUMA 'BIJIN' BOWL By Koshida, Meiji Period
Nov 01, 10:00 AM GMT
A SATSUMA 'BIJIN' BOWL By Koshida, Meiji Period
by Bonhams
Est: £600- £800
£6001 Bid
14 Satsuma-Keramiken der Meiji- und Taisho-Zeiten, Japan, Anfang 20. Jh.
Oct 23, 10:00 AM CEST
14 Satsuma-Keramiken der Meiji- und Taisho-Zeiten, Japan, Anfang 20. Jh.
by K&K – Auktionen in Heidelberg
Est: €250- €350
€701 Bid
19th C Japanese Satsuma Warrior Wiseman Vase, Gilt
Oct 30, 1:00 PM EDT
19th C Japanese Satsuma Warrior Wiseman Vase, Gilt
by Kavanagh Auctions
Est: $40- $15,000
$401 Bid
JAPANESE SATSUMA ELEPHANT, 19TH C, MEIJI PERIOD
Oct 28, 10:00 AM EDT
JAPANESE SATSUMA ELEPHANT, 19TH C, MEIJI PERIOD
by Everard Auctions and Appraisals
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,2001 Bid
SATSUMA GOSU BLUE PLAQUE, MEIJI
Oct 23, 10:00 AM EDT
SATSUMA GOSU BLUE PLAQUE, MEIJI
by Oakridge Auction Gallery
Est: $1,500- $2,500
$7501 Bid
A pair of 19th century Satsuma vases
Oct 24, 1:00 PM AEDT
A pair of 19th century Satsuma vases
by Arts Of World Auctioneer and Valuer
Est: AUD4,000- AUD5,500
AUD3,2000 Bids
Exquisite Satsuma Vase der Kozan Studios, Meiji-Zeit, Japan, Ende 19. Jh.
Oct 23, 10:00 AM CEST
Exquisite Satsuma Vase der Kozan Studios, Meiji-Zeit, Japan, Ende 19. Jh.
by K&K – Auktionen in Heidelberg
Est: €600- €700
€1800 Bids
Satsuma tea pots
Oct 17, 11:00 AM EDT
Satsuma tea pots
by Treadway Gallery
Est: $250- $350
$1250 Bids
Large Satsuma Three Footed Vase
Oct 19, 6:00 PM AWST
Large Satsuma Three Footed Vase
by McKenzies Auctioneers
Est: AUD200- AUD400
AUD1500 Bids
Japanese Satsuma Style Ceramic Foo Dog Geisha Vase
Oct 27, 12:00 PM EDT
Japanese Satsuma Style Ceramic Foo Dog Geisha Vase
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$500 Bids
tea set, Satsuma, around 1915-20, so-called gold brocade
Oct 30, 10:00 AM CEST
tea set, Satsuma, around 1915-20, so-called gold brocade
by Henry's Auktionshaus AG
Est: €400- €800
€4000 Bids
pair of Satsumvase
Oct 24, 1:00 PM AEDT
pair of Satsumvase
by Arts Of World Auctioneer and Valuer
Est: AUD600- AUD800
AUD2400 Bids
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A DIVISION THREE JAPANESE SATSUMA FIGURAL BUTTON
Oct 22, 9:00 AM EDT
A DIVISION THREE JAPANESE SATSUMA FIGURAL BUTTON
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $200- $300
$500 Bids
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A DIVISION THREE JAPANESE SATSUMA PICTORIAL BUTTON
Oct 22, 9:00 AM EDT
A DIVISION THREE JAPANESE SATSUMA PICTORIAL BUTTON
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $150- $250
$400 Bids
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A SMALL CARD OF DIVISION THREE JAPANESE SATSUMA BUTTONS
Oct 22, 9:00 AM EDT
A SMALL CARD OF DIVISION THREE JAPANESE SATSUMA BUTTONS
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $300- $400
$400 Bids
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A SMALL CARD OF DIV 1 & 3 JAPANESE SATSUMA BUTTONS
Oct 22, 9:00 AM EDT
A SMALL CARD OF DIV 1 & 3 JAPANESE SATSUMA BUTTONS
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $150- $250
$400 Bids
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A DIVISION ONE JAPANESE SATSUMA BIRD AND FLORAL BUTTON
Oct 22, 9:00 AM EDT
A DIVISION ONE JAPANESE SATSUMA BIRD AND FLORAL BUTTON
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $200- $300
$500 Bids
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A DIVISION ONE JAPANESE SATSUMA PICTORIAL IN METAL
Oct 22, 9:00 AM EDT
A DIVISION ONE JAPANESE SATSUMA PICTORIAL IN METAL
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $150- $300
$500 Bids
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A DIVISION ONE JAPANESE SATSUMA PICTORIAL IN METAL
Oct 22, 9:00 AM EDT
A DIVISION ONE JAPANESE SATSUMA PICTORIAL IN METAL
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $400- $600
$1000 Bids

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