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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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Pair Of Vintage Japanese Satsuma Vases
Feb 24, 10:00 AM MST
Pair Of Vintage Japanese Satsuma Vases
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Est: $0- $0
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Est: $0- $0
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JAPANESE SATSUMA VASE
Feb 25, 12:00 PM EST
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Est: $30- $60
$101 Bid
2pc Japanese Royal Satsuma Vases
Feb 25, 10:00 AM MST
2pc Japanese Royal Satsuma Vases
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
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Japanese Porcelain Satsuma Pottery
Feb 25, 10:00 AM MST
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by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
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Japanese Satsuma Enameled Earthenware Bowl and a Saucer
Feb 22, 2:00 PM EST
Japanese Satsuma Enameled Earthenware Bowl and a Saucer
by A.B.Levy’s Palm Beach
Est: $250- $350
$1751 Bid
Antique Japanese Satsuma Pitcher Ewer
Mar 01, 9:00 AM MST
Antique Japanese Satsuma Pitcher Ewer
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $25- $50
$101 Bid
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A Pair of Satsuma Vases
Feb 29, 10:00 AM CET
A Pair of Satsuma Vases
by Veilinghuis de Jager
Est: €180- €350
€1201 Bid
SATSUMA GOLD BROCADE STATUE OF KANNON BODHISATTVA by KIZAN
Feb 23, 11:00 AM JST
SATSUMA GOLD BROCADE STATUE OF KANNON BODHISATTVA by KIZAN
by New Art Est-Ouest Auctions
Est: ¥50,000- ¥80,000
¥25,0001 Bid
JAPON - Epoque MEIJI (1868-1912)
Feb 25, 10:00 AM CET
JAPON - Epoque MEIJI (1868-1912)
by OXIO
Est: €150- €250
€2501 Bid
JAPON - Epoque MEIJI (1868-1912)
Feb 25, 10:00 AM CET
JAPON - Epoque MEIJI (1868-1912)
by OXIO
Est: €250- €300
€2501 Bid
Two Satsuma earthenwares, Meiji period
Mar 03, 11:00 AM AEDT
Two Satsuma earthenwares, Meiji period
by Gibson's
Est: AUD300- AUD500
AUD2401 Bid
JAPANESE SATSUMA HOMESTEAD PORCELAIN VASE
Mar 02, 9:00 AM CST
JAPANESE SATSUMA HOMESTEAD PORCELAIN VASE
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $50- $150
$251 Bid
A pair of Satsuma earthenware double gourd bottles with stoppers, Meiji period
Mar 03, 11:00 AM AEDT
A pair of Satsuma earthenware double gourd bottles with stoppers, Meiji period
by Gibson's
Est: AUD600- AUD800
AUD4801 Bid
JAPON - Début XXe siècle
Feb 25, 10:00 AM CET
JAPON - Début XXe siècle
by OXIO
Est: €3,000- €5,000
€3,0001 Bid
Three Satsuma earthenware vases, Meiji period
Mar 03, 11:00 AM AEDT
Three Satsuma earthenware vases, Meiji period
by Gibson's
Est: AUD300- AUD500
AUD2401 Bid
SATSUMA DRESSER JAR.
Mar 09, 11:00 AM EST
SATSUMA DRESSER JAR.
by Amelia Jeffers
Est: $100- $300
$501 Bid
A Satsuma earthenware rectangular dish by Ryozan, Meiji period
Mar 03, 11:00 AM AEDT
A Satsuma earthenware rectangular dish by Ryozan, Meiji period
by Gibson's
Est: AUD600- AUD800
AUD4801 Bid
Two Japanese Satsuma earthenwares, Meiji period
Mar 03, 11:00 AM AEDT
Two Japanese Satsuma earthenwares, Meiji period
by Gibson's
Est: AUD300- AUD500
AUD2401 Bid
A fourteen piece Satsuma earthenware tea service, 20th century
Mar 03, 11:00 AM AEDT
A fourteen piece Satsuma earthenware tea service, 20th century
by Gibson's
Est: AUD300- AUD500
AUD2401 Bid
A pair of Satsuma earthenware square section vases, Meiji period
Mar 03, 11:00 AM AEDT
A pair of Satsuma earthenware square section vases, Meiji period
by Gibson's
Est: AUD400- AUD600
AUD3201 Bid

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