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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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Japanese Meiji Cobalt Blue Satsuma Ceramic Vase
Jun 18, 11:00 AM EDT
Japanese Meiji Cobalt Blue Satsuma Ceramic Vase
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $300- $500
$4756 Bids
A pair of Satsuma vases on fo dog bases, vase depicting warriors, Height 24cm
Jun 02, 7:00 PM AEST
A pair of Satsuma vases on fo dog bases, vase depicting warriors, Height 24cm
by Lawsons
Est: AUD1,500- AUD2,500
AUD455 Bids
Satsuma Vases
May 25, 9:00 AM EDT
Satsuma Vases
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$953 Bids
Satsuma Vases
May 25, 9:00 AM EDT
Satsuma Vases
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$303 Bids
Antique Japanese Satsuma Earthenware Censer
Jun 01, 10:00 AM EDT
Antique Japanese Satsuma Earthenware Censer
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$603 Bids
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HAND PAINTED JAPANESE SATSUMA CUPS AND SAUCERS, SOME A/F
May 23, 9:00 AM AEST
HAND PAINTED JAPANESE SATSUMA CUPS AND SAUCERS, SOME A/F
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD303 Bids
A Satsuma teapot with dragon form handle and spout, damaged finial, Height 19.5cm
Jun 02, 7:00 PM AEST
A Satsuma teapot with dragon form handle and spout, damaged finial, Height 19.5cm
by Lawsons
Est: AUD100- AUD150
AUD253 Bids
A Satsuma hexagonal panelled koro with fo dog finial raised on tri-form base, Height 35cm
Jun 02, 7:00 PM AEST
A Satsuma hexagonal panelled koro with fo dog finial raised on tri-form base, Height 35cm
by Lawsons
Est: AUD400- AUD600
AUD253 Bids
A Satsuma bowl by Yabu Meizan
May 22, 10:30 AM BST
A Satsuma bowl by Yabu Meizan
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £500- £800
£7502 Bids
Antique Japanese Meiji Porcelain Satsuma Plate
May 23, 12:00 PM EDT
Antique Japanese Meiji Porcelain Satsuma Plate
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $500- $5,000
$2252 Bids
A Vintage Japanese Satsuma Vase Depicting Crane and Floral Motifs Repaired with Kintsugi Gilt Detail
May 27, 6:00 PM AEST
A Vintage Japanese Satsuma Vase Depicting Crane and Floral Motifs Repaired with Kintsugi Gilt Detail
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD80- AUD120
AUD452 Bids
13 Pieces Japanese Porcelain
May 29, 11:00 AM EDT
13 Pieces Japanese Porcelain
by Willow Auction House
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
Satsuma Belt
May 22, 9:00 AM PDT
Satsuma Belt
by Grant Zahajko Auctions, LLC
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
Group Of Antique Early 20th Century Satsuma Vase
Jun 08, 11:00 AM EDT
Group Of Antique Early 20th Century Satsuma Vase
by Gulfcoast Coin and Jewelry
Est: $600- $700
$251 Bid
Grosse feine Satsumavase
May 30, 9:00 AM CEST
Grosse feine Satsumavase
by Auktionshaus Zofingen
Est: CHF640- CHF800
CHF6001 Bid
A MONUMENTAL 19TH CENTURY JAPANESE MEIJI PERIOD COUNTRY HOUSE SATSUMA VASE painted with geisha withi
May 22, 11:00 AM BST
A MONUMENTAL 19TH CENTURY JAPANESE MEIJI PERIOD COUNTRY HOUSE SATSUMA VASE painted with geisha withi
by Hannam's Auctioneers
Est: £800- £1,200
£6001 Bid
A Satsuma 3 piece tea set depicting dragons and figures, tallest Height 15cm
Jun 02, 7:00 PM AEST
A Satsuma 3 piece tea set depicting dragons and figures, tallest Height 15cm
by Lawsons
Est: AUD400- AUD600
AUD151 Bid
A Satsuma hexagonal censor, depicting panel of fo lions and mon flowers, Height 10.5cm
Jun 02, 7:00 PM AEST
A Satsuma hexagonal censor, depicting panel of fo lions and mon flowers, Height 10.5cm
by Lawsons
Est: AUD80- AUD120
AUD151 Bid
A Satsuma teapot, ex Aalders, unmarked, Length 18cm
Jun 02, 7:00 PM AEST
A Satsuma teapot, ex Aalders, unmarked, Length 18cm
by Lawsons
Est: AUD80- AUD120
AUD151 Bid
A Satsuma vase depicting flowers and bird, makers stamp worn, Height 18cm
Jun 02, 7:00 PM AEST
A Satsuma vase depicting flowers and bird, makers stamp worn, Height 18cm
by Lawsons
Est: AUD80- AUD150
AUD151 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Japanese Satsuma


Grant Zahajko Auctions, LLC

Grant Zahajko Auctions, LLC

Lawsons

Lawsons

Taylor & Harris

Taylor & Harris

Hannam's Auctioneers

Hannam's Auctioneers