A late 19th century-early 20th century impressive
Japanese Satsuma pottery vase of the Meiji
period (1868 - 1912), decorated by figurative
On one side the figurative scene consists of a
large number of
female figures and children, all in sumptuous
traditional Japanese costumes, standing over a
bridge and besides a
lake shore with trees, houses and
mountains in the background.
The other side presents a scene of elderly male
persons, characterised by halos and in various
meditative postures, in a rural background of
trees, flyings birds and mountains in the distance.
The vase is in excellent condition with
some slight wear to the gilt on the top and
Satsuma ware is a type of Japanese pottery
originating in the Satsuma Province, in the
southern region of Kyushu island.
Satsuma ware is usually divided into two distinct
categories: the original plain dark clay early
Satsuma, known as Ko-Satsuma and produced in
Satsuma from around 1600, and the elaborately
decorated export Satsuma, known as Kyo-
Satsuma, whose ivory-bodied pieces began to be
produced during the 19th century in various
By adapting their gilded polychromatic enamel
overglaze designs to appeal to the tastes of
western consumers, manufacturers of the latter
have managed to make Satsuma ware one of the
most recognized and profitable export products
of the Meiji period.