Japanese Satsuma dish c.1900

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Japanese Satsuma dish c.1900

Post by thecatwoods on May 14th 2017, 11:23 am

Hello,

I've been asked to try and identify this for a friend of mine, its been in her family for around 100 years we believe, but with no markings, I'm not sure where to begin, so I thought I'd ask you lovely people!

Rgds,
David.


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Re: Japanese Satsuma dish c.1900

Post by NaomiM on May 14th 2017, 12:27 pm

It's Arita porcelain from Japan. Chrysanthemum shaped bowl. Made for export, hence the 'clobbered' design, where they threw everything into the pattern. Could well be 100 years old, the Japanese market expanded exponentially when they dropped their isolationist stance in the 1880s, so these types of export ceramics date from after that point. In the early 20thC import/export rules meant the items had to include the country of origin. Because this doesn't have a mark it could date from around 1900


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Post by 22 Crawford St. on May 14th 2017, 12:29 pm

Hi - looks like Japanese Satsuma ware. Imported in volume from 1860 up to 1930. The finest has very intricate decoration. I'm no expert so wait and the others may know more.

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=Satsuma+ware&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi77tv1o-_TAhWFKMAKHWjrCYYQ_AUICigB&biw=1536&bih=792
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Post by NaomiM on May 14th 2017, 12:33 pm

I think Crawford is right. I hadn't noticed the crazing. Arita ware is porcelain which doesn't craze. Satsuma ware is glazed earthenware which naturally crazes.

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Re: Japanese Satsuma dish c.1900

Post by thecatwoods on May 14th 2017, 1:02 pm

Wow, thankyou, you are all so helpful!
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Post by NaomiM on May 14th 2017, 1:10 pm

Just to add, despite its age they are very common. Master potters would have signed the back. The lack of a mark means this was made and decorated on a production line of workers - one person doing the figures, others doing the different colours of the decoration. By that method literally millions of pieces were made for export.

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