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Japanese Satsuma Covered Ceramic Jar

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A work of mesmerizing artistry, this Japanese Satsuma jar is a tour-de-force

Key Features

  • This Japanese Satsuma jar exhibits monumental artistry and size, with subtle high relief designs
  • Boasting shimmering gold detailing, this covered jar is peopled with four scenes of divine beings
  • Originally made for princes, Satsuma ceramics are among the most collectible in the world

Item Details

  • Width:
    9 3/8 Inches
  • Height:
    19 Inches
  • Depth:
    9 3/8 Inches
  • Period:
  • Origin:
This monumental Japanese Satsuma ceramic covered jar is a stunning example of late-Edo, early Meiji-period artistry. Crafted in a rare square style, this impeccable jar features exceptional raised decorations on every side, with four different scenes of divine figures in a celestial setting. This jar also bears the encircled cross, both within the design and in the maker's mark. This is the crest of the Shimazu family, who were responsible for founding the kilns where the original Satsuma pottery was made. Boasting a gold hammer finial and set upon a carved wooden base, this is truly one of the finest examples of Satsuma on the market.

Satsuma earthenware has enjoyed great popularity with collectors for nearly 150 years, and is considered the quintessential art form of the Meiji period. Crafted in its earliest form in the 17th century, this luminous style was developed in its present form around 1790, and is characterized by overglaze enamel and gilded detailing, with designs derived from nature, especially floral and animal. Architectural and human decorations appeared in the 19th century. Originating near Kagoshima Prefecture on Kyushu Island, Satsuma ware began as a regional style made by Korean potters for the princely Shimazu family and local population. This changed when these wares were displayed at the 1867 Exposition Universelle in Paris, where they received great acclaim. Soon, Satsuma ware was commissioned from craftsmen all across the area for export to the West, even in major cities like Kyoto, Osaka, Tokyo and Yokohama, and its success was ensured by the ongoing patronage of the Shimazu family.

Features maker's mark on underside

Circa 1860

9 3/8" square x 19" high
Base: 10" square x 2 ½" high

Meiji Ceramics: The Art of Japanese Export Porcelain and Satsuma Ware 1868-1912, Gisela Jahn, 2004
Imari Satsuma and Other Japanese Export Ceramics, Nancy N. Schiffer, 2000

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