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Satsuma Meiji Period

The Japanese Meiji Period runs from 1868 to 1912 and during this time there were many events that shaped Japan and also the pottery and porcelain that was being made.

The Shimazu Satsuma Clan who were based on the same southern island of Japan and from the area responsible for creating the exquisite pottery began a revolt against the government as they were not happy with the direction they were taking. The Satsuma Samurai rose up against the army of the Meiji government, swords against guns.

The uprising was swiftly crushed by the government army but the tales of the rebellion and uprising live on in the pottery and art from that period. Images of war, of the Samurai - notably Saigo Takamori or Kido Koin - both important figures in this era appear on the sides of the Satsuma Vases and bowls, fighting for their beliefs.

Satsuma Pottery from the Meiji Period is a popular choice among collectors and antique buyers due to the historic times when it was created as well as the fine craftsmanship and quality.

The style of painting on many pieces from the Meiji period is known as Kinran-de or "gild on". Many of the scenes and images painted are usually of the upper classes of Japanese society undertaking leisure activities, such as walking.  The images painted in this period usually reflect back to the previous periods, such as the Edo period (1600-1867) and can feature landscape views of oceans, mountains and trees with beautiful cherry blossoms (a definite hallmark of Japan and Japanese art in general).

However, Meiji satsumaware was actually hardly seen or used in Japan and was mainly produced for export to other parts of the world, where the Satsuma style had become very desirable.

6 Japanese Satsuma Meiji Period Vase Signed Kozan
6 Japanese Satsuma Meiji Period Vase Signed Kozan
$250.00
Japanese Meiji Period Satsuma Lidded Koro Vase Cobalt Blue and Gold Gilding
Japanese Meiji Period Satsuma Lidded Koro Vase Cobalt Blue and Gold Gilding
$145.00
satsuma tea pot meiji period
satsuma tea pot meiji period
$275.00
Antique Japanese Meiji Satsuma Vase Signed 19th early 20th century
Antique Japanese Meiji Satsuma Vase Signed 19th early 20th century
£63.91
JAPANESE SATSUMA meiji period THOUSAND FLOWERS VASE
JAPANESE SATSUMA meiji period THOUSAND FLOWERS VASE
$175.00
Japanese Satsuma Meiji Dragon Dish
Japanese Satsuma Meiji Dragon Dish
$99.00
Japanese Antique Seikozan Satsuma Miniature Meiji Period Vase Stunning Quality
Japanese Antique Seikozan Satsuma Miniature Meiji Period Vase Stunning Quality
£168.37
Superb Meiji Period Fine Quality Japanese Satsuma Tea Caddy  Cover
Superb Meiji Period Fine Quality Japanese Satsuma Tea Caddy Cover
£65.14
Japanese Satsuma Immortals Vase Meiji Era 19th Century Antique
Japanese Satsuma Immortals Vase Meiji Era 19th Century Antique
£105.69

3 replies on “Satsuma Meiji Period”

I have a vase small with a symbol on the bottom n a number 22 in a circle on it. The symbol is a dot aline and two slanted lines under that. Like a child’s house drawing.

I have some pieces of a tea set with a gold painted mark on the bottom painted directly on the white surface. The markings look like the symbol for 9 with the symbol for 2 below it. I have seen a very similar mark except that it’s gold paint on a red background with a circle with a plus sign type cross in it located above the 9 symbol. They are also made of what looks like porcelain, which makes me wonder if they’re really Satsuma. Sorry I can’t figure out how to attach a picture. Any thoughts on this? Thanks!

I have a tea pot with O on the bottom which looks like It was Made From dots and what looks like a plus sign inside the O on the bottom. It has a bamboo handle and color pictures on the side of people sitting on one side and two standing on the other side one looks like he has a long sword on his side. Behind the people the Background looks and feels like a brick wall. The people look like the are standing on a raise cobblestone walk

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