This is one of the nicest examples of post-war Satsuma we have seen. We believe it to be late Showa period, however, Sotheby's sold it as Meiji Period in their London sale of November 10, 2005 (sale #LO 5216 Chinese and Japanese Works of Art- part 2.) It was lot number 1156 from that sale. The title cartouche reads, "Shinsen Edo Meisho". The subtitle reads, "Yukibare no zu" (clear weather after the snow) and it is signed Sozan on the reverse side. It measures 12 1/8" in diameter and is in fine c...
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This elegant mid-century cloisonne vase is decorated with four beautifully wired and enameled dragonflies. The condition is excellent and it measures 8.5" x 4".
This pretty plaque measures 14" x 10" including the frame and the frame border is 1.5". We have not unscrewed the wooden mounts in the back to see if it is signed. There are some surface scratches and original pitting, but there does not appear to be any chips in the enamel. This item dates about 1920.
This is a late Meiji/early Taisho Period Satsuma fish form plate, inspired by the same form which was seen much earlier in Imari. It is beautifully decorated with a lively enameled milfluer design. The mark of Koshida is on the reverse side. It dates about 1915 - 1920 and measures 9.25" x 6". The condition is excellent.
A subtlety elegant Awaji pottery vase with incised iris designs over a softly mottled blue ground, from the late Meiji or early Taisho period. It measures 3 5/8" H x 4 5/8" wide and is in excellent condition. Plover mark on underside.
This bowl is a beautifully decorated deep Satsuma bowl with an elegant flared rim. The motif of cockerels, wood ducks and other birds among blossoming cherries is executed with excellent detail. It dates about 1910 and is in very good overall condition. The dimensions are 4 1/4" x 7 3/8" wide.
This is an example of Yabu's elegant, more restrained work that he did later in his career. The simplicity by no means detracts from the piece and in fact, it is quite compelling. It measures 2.75" in diameter x .9" in height and dates about 1920. The condition is excellent.
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A great example of sometsuke by Makuzu Kozan, depicting a continuous landscape and a boatsman poling his boat along the shoreline. The condition is excellent with no damages at all. It measures 10.75" x 4.6" and dates about 1910 - 1920.
This vase is decorated with a continuous scene of children playing blind man's bluff in very nice detail. There are a couple of surface issues, but they detract very little from vase. It measures 7.5" x 3.25" and dates about 1910 - 1920.
This vase has beautiful colors and artwork with a very elegant aesthetic. It measures 7.5" x 4" and dates about 1910 - 1920. The condition is very good, save one small surface blemish.
This is a finely detailed example of Japanese Satsuma earthenware, attributed to the Kinkozan studio. Each panel was decorated with painstaking detail and the reserves show equal attention to detail. Other than some very slight handling wear on the rim, the vase is in excellent condition and dates about 1900 - 1910. It measures 7" x 4".
This lovely miniature bowl is in pristine condition, with no repairs, restorations or retouching of the gilt work. The exterior is decorated with children engaged in a variety of pursuits, including a wonderful scene in which they are watching an artist paint. The interior shows loosely scattered butterflies in the center, surrounded by finely enameled draping wisteria. It measures 2 5/8" across by 1 3/4" in height and dates about 1900 - 1910.
This is a very nice example of Kinkozan's work on porcelain, showing four gilt and silver applied dragons over a mottled blue ground. The dragons are finely detailed,with all of their scales and claws being well defined. There is some gilt wear around the rim, but the overall condition is very good. It measures 8.5" x 3.75" and dates about 1900 - 1915.
This delicately painted four panel koro has alternating scenes that contrast between figural motifs and nature motifs. The top has intense floral designs with heart shaped vents and a chrysanthemum form finial. It measures 3.5" x 2.4" and the condition is excellent. It dates about 1900 - 1910.
This is an unusual squat form urn by Yabu Meizan, done entirely in Tiffany blue. It sit elegantly on three legs and is in excellent condition, although I'm suspect as to the cover's originality. It measures 5" in diameter x 3" in height, inclusive of the cover and bears the seal of Yabu Meizan in gilt on the underside. It dates about 1910 - 1920.
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The motif of this vase is quite unusual with a farmer working a water wheel in a mountainous rural setting. It is a larger vase by Yabu Meizan standards, measuring 7.25" x 4". It bears a Yabu Meizan gilt-on-gilt seal on the underside and dates about 1900 - 1910. Very good overall condition.
This is a lovely example of Nishiura Enji's work at reasonable price point. It has a floral motif over a neutral ground that gently fades near the bottom. The inner rim has a beautiful and unusual lavender color. The underside shows a Nishiura Enji V seal and it measures 5" x 2.25". It dates about 1900 - 1910 and is in excellent condition with the remnants of an original label on the body.
An example of a more restrained and serene piece of Satsuma, this plate has many subtle details such as moss growing on the tree trunks, broken limbs and a dog quietly following oxen in the background. It measures 8.5" in diameter and dates about 1900 - 1915.