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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.

Magnificent Japanese Meiji Period Satsuma Vase
Magnificent Japanese Meiji Period Satsuma Vase
$85.00 (1 Bid)
JAPANESE MEIJI SATSUMA KORO VASE WITH COVER
JAPANESE MEIJI SATSUMA KORO VASE WITH COVER
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Pair of Japanese Meiji Satsuma Vases with Geese
Pair of Japanese Meiji Satsuma Vases with Geese
$40.00
Japanese Satsuma Porcelain 1000 Faces Vase Meiji 1868 1912 Period Superb 10
Japanese Satsuma Porcelain 1000 Faces Vase Meiji 1868 1912 Period Superb 10
$135.00
ANTIQUE JAPANESE SATSUMA PORCELAIN Meiji Period Working 18 Lamp No Chips
ANTIQUE JAPANESE SATSUMA PORCELAIN Meiji Period Working 18 Lamp No Chips
$85.00 (1 Bid)
SUPERB KINKOZAN MEIJI SATSUMA EWER VASE FLORAL  BUTTERFLIES 31 cm
SUPERB KINKOZAN MEIJI SATSUMA EWER VASE FLORAL BUTTERFLIES 31 cm
$0.99 (1 Bid)
Antique Meiji Period Japanese Dragon Satsuma Ware Beaker
Antique Meiji Period Japanese Dragon Satsuma Ware Beaker
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Antique Japanese Satsuma Meiji Vase
Antique Japanese Satsuma Meiji Vase
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ESTATE LOT ANTIQUE JAPANESE MEIJI SATSUMA KUTANI VASES CUP BOWL JUG DISHES
ESTATE LOT ANTIQUE JAPANESE MEIJI SATSUMA KUTANI VASES CUP BOWL JUG DISHES
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1 reply on “Satsuma Meiji Period”

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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