Other, Vases, Satsuma, Japanese (Rare)

A pair of Japanese Satsuma porcelain display vases that date back to the Japan Meiji period (1868-1912). These stunning vases have traditional oriental style landscape/waterscape scenes that are mirrored in each other, however, they not identical. They measure 10 1/2" tall x 5" at widest section x 3 1/8" base. Base contains a house seal mark depicting a circle with a cross and a family crest, (Shimazu mon). Both vases are numbered underneath (#6) so you can tell what position they should be in. 

A history of Satsuma Pottery

"The typical Satsuma ware is usually decorated with a minute decoration of Japanese figures, expressive faces or detailed oriental landscapes, or sometimes embellished with vivid dragons in relief. This ware was, in fact, an export product specifically designed in the mid 19th century to cater to the western export market. The Japanese themselves had very little interest in this ware.

Satsuma ware is easily recognized by its finely cracked glaze and by the fact that its earthenware body does not "ring" when tapped. 

Satsuma Han has a long history on the southern Kushu island in the Satsuma area. The first historical kilns here were established by Korean potters in the late 16th century. These first wares were stonewares, covered with a thick dark glaze and are so rare that only museums might have a few to show. 

The success of the Satsuma export decorative style inspired many followers, some of which have a stoneware body or a pure white porcelain. 

The circle with a cross that often makes up part of the marks, are the Shimazu mon, or family crest of the clan that ruled Satsuma Han, however, it is doubtful that any of Shimazu clan ever owned a Satsuma export style ware piece. 

Satsuma was produced in Kagoshima, Kyoto, Tokyo, Osaka, Kobe, and Kanazawa by hundreds of known artists, in many styles and by literally thousands of  unknown decorators."

(excerpt from: http://www.gotheborg.com/marks/satsuma.shtml)