TYPE: Bowl
DIMENSIONS: 11.5 inches wide x 5 inches tall
ITEM ID: 5358
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Japanese Satsuma Ware

Of the bottom markings, Edward Lipsett says, “The two on the right clearly say Satsuma (薩摩).”

According to scholar Ulysses Grant Dietz, “Yeah, classic, high-end Satsuma–with maker’s seal–made largely for rich westerners. Americans LOVED this in the Gilded Age.”

Satsuma ware (薩摩焼, Satsuma-yaki) is a type of Japanese pottery originally from Satsuma Province, southern Kyūshū. Today, it can be divided into two distinct categories: the original plain dark clay early Satsuma (古薩摩, Ko-Satsuma) made in Satsuma from around 1600, and the elaborately decorated export Satsuma (京薩摩, Kyō-Satsuma) ivory-bodied pieces which began to be produced in the nineteenth century in various Japanese cities. By adapting their gilded polychromatic enamel overglaze designs to appeal to the tastes of western consumers, manufacturers of the latter made Satsuma ware one of the most recognized and profitable export products of the Meiji period.