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Satsuma Figure

Apart from the array of pottery that the Satsuma region on the southern island of Japan is famous for such as vases, bowls, buttons and plates - there were also other types of pottery made using the same style and practice used by the same makers.  One of these types of pottery is the figure or figurine.

Some may dispute that there are no Satsuma figures made as they seem to fairly seldom found or collected but there are some that can be traced back to the same makers of satsuma bowls and vases.

The satsuma figure will always be of a person or Satsuma Immortal from Japan, often holding an item such as flowers or a fan and posing rather than performing a task such as working.  The characters and figures also feature heavy decoration to their clothing and any part of the landscape that may feature in the design.  The artwork on the piece follows the usual Satsuma style with heavy use of gold, intricate, detailed images and patterns covered with a cracked glaze.  The pottery is also of a creamy or light brown or beige appearance.  A Satsuma figure was never made from porcelain which was used in Japan to make the also well known white and blue items that you can find at auction, but the Satsuma pieces were all made from earthenware pottery.

It often seems that many of the figures that were made in the satsuma style are slight caricatures of the people they are imitating.  Possibly not the kind of caricature that we many know from modern cartooning, but certainly designs that distort the size and forms.

The figurines are certainly collectible items and are often found at auction houses all over the world.  As per other Satsuma pieces, ensure that the item is not one of the mass produced types that also came from the Satsuma region around the time that many of the other finer pieces were being made.  The Satsuma style and name was also copied all over the world and many imitations made that claimed to be from the Japanese area made famous by these beautiful pieces.

Vintage Japanese Kutani Vase Satsuma Humorous Figures
Vintage Japanese Kutani Vase Satsuma Humorous Figures
$150.00
ANTIQUE JAPANESE CRACKLED GLAZE SATSUMA CABINET VASE SIGNED FIGURAL MEIJI 1890
ANTIQUE JAPANESE CRACKLED GLAZE SATSUMA CABINET VASE SIGNED FIGURAL MEIJI 1890
$70.00
Antique Asian Japanese Satsuma Elder Moriage Figure Statue Ornate 105 Large
Antique Asian Japanese Satsuma Elder Moriage Figure Statue Ornate 105 Large
$124.99
Japanese Oriental Satsuma Guanyin Buddha  Figure On Elephant
Japanese Oriental Satsuma Guanyin Buddha Figure On Elephant
$278.00
6 FIGURE SATSUMA JAPANESE EGGSHELL PORCELAIN VASE SIGNED
6 FIGURE SATSUMA JAPANESE EGGSHELL PORCELAIN VASE SIGNED
$22.50
Fine Antique Satsuma Ware Vase Immortal Figures Unusual Mark Japanese Meiji Vtg
Fine Antique Satsuma Ware Vase Immortal Figures Unusual Mark Japanese Meiji Vtg
$125.00
Pair Old or Antique Japanese Satsuma Figural Tripod Vessels Vases Signed As Is
Pair Old or Antique Japanese Satsuma Figural Tripod Vessels Vases Signed As Is
$129.00
Japanese Hand Painted Figural Satsuma Tea Caddie Jar  Lid 6 3 8
Japanese Hand Painted Figural Satsuma Tea Caddie Jar Lid 6 3 8
$19.99
JAPANESE SATSUMA FOO DOG 19th century figure
JAPANESE SATSUMA FOO DOG 19th century figure
$2,000.00

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