Antique Early 20th century Painted Ceramic Japanese Satsuma Vase
Stunning antique early 1900s vase with rich colorful graphic painted on the vase. It elaborately painted Japanese men and woman, mountain and ocean in gold, blue, orange, red, green, white. The bottom of the vase has intricate gold design, and the gold rim at the top of the vase. Made in Japan stamp at the bottom of the vase. The Satsuma style of pottery dates back to the early 17th century and was inspired by in part by Korean and Chinese pottery. The prince of Satsuma on Kyushu Island established a kiln with the help of Korean potters. Satsuma earthenware were painstakingly painted with thick enamels and gold leaf, often in elaborate decoration and depicting themes directly from the Japanese ethos of legends, court life, and artistic values. The characteristics of Satsuma ware are rich decorations with gold and polychrome colors on a soft, ivory-colored, crackled glaze that remains a hallmark of collectible Satsuma to this day. These are highly sought after by a growing body of collectors all over the world. Approximate size: Diameter 6" x Height 9 1/2". Approximate weight: 3 lb 14.6 oz.
Very good condition, with what look like extra white paint above one of the men's head and missing paint at the bottom of the vase, as shown in the last two pictures.