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Satsuma Gosu Blue

A term that is used frequently regarding Satsuma or Japanese pottery and ceramics is "Gosu Blue".

Gosu Blue refers to the use of certain natural minerals and elements such as Cobalt or Asbolite to be used as the base for an under glaze or over glaze of the piece of pottery. Satsuma Pottery that has been decorated using the Gosu Blue techniques has a certain bluish hue to the images that are hand painted onto the surface of the pottery.

If Gosu Blue is used as an over glaze, the images become brighter and more vivid.

Gosu Blue Satsuma Pottery is possibly the most popular type to own and therefore commands a higher price than other types of Japanese ceramics. Pottery that was produced using this method was seldom made and was made during the mid 19th century in Kyoto, Japan.

Antique Japanese Imperial Satsuma Gosu Blue Signed Vase 7 Inches in Height
Antique Japanese Imperial Satsuma Gosu Blue Signed Vase 7 Inches in Height
$664.30
Japanese Imperial Satsuma Gosu Blue Pair of Pagoda Lanterns 6 Inches in Height
Japanese Imperial Satsuma Gosu Blue Pair of Pagoda Lanterns 6 Inches in Height
$629.30
Antique Japanese Imperial Satsuma Gosu Blue Signed Vase 9 Inches Height
Antique Japanese Imperial Satsuma Gosu Blue Signed Vase 9 Inches Height
$1,609.30
19C Japanese Imperial Satsuma Gosu Blue Signed Scalloped Charger 14 5 8 Inches
19C Japanese Imperial Satsuma Gosu Blue Signed Scalloped Charger 14 5 8 Inches
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Japanese Satsuma Gosu Blue Tokkuri Gourd Vase Dragons
Japanese Satsuma Gosu Blue Tokkuri Gourd Vase Dragons
$1,250.00
Antique Japanese Imperial Satsuma Gosu Blue Signed Vase 5 Inches Height
Antique Japanese Imperial Satsuma Gosu Blue Signed Vase 5 Inches Height
$629.30
Antique Japanese Imperial Satsuma Gosu Blue Signed Vase 6 1 2 Inches in Height
Antique Japanese Imperial Satsuma Gosu Blue Signed Vase 6 1 2 Inches in Height
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Antique Circa 1915 Japanese Satsuma Studio Gosu Blue Signed Vase 6 1 4 Inches
Antique Circa 1915 Japanese Satsuma Studio Gosu Blue Signed Vase 6 1 4 Inches
$629.30
Japanese Edo Gosu Blue Satsuma Vase with Ho Birds
Japanese Edo Gosu Blue Satsuma Vase with Ho Birds
$799.00
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Satsuma Pottery

Satsuma pottery was made in or around Kagoshima in Kyushu, Japan in the later part of the 19th century through to the early 1920's in Satsuma in southern Japan.  It is also known that in the same location, there were kilns making pottery going as far back as the 16th century - so the location on the southern island of Japan was already steeped in pottery making history.  The term Satsuma, derived from the location where they were made then became the way that the pottery was described.  A typical piece if Satsuma pottery will be of a yellowy complexion and usually decorated with intricate and minute Japanese figures, landscapes and even dragons.  The designs also feature a form of decoration called moriage which is a term used to describe the use of raised enamel of Japanse pottery.

The clay used to make the Satsuma Pottery also differs depending on the location the item was made. For example, the clay used from the Kyushu area gives a darker tone to the pottery where as clay used from Kyoto gives a lighter appearance. The darker clay from Kyushu also allows the crackled glaze to have a darker, more pronounced appearance.

The Satsuma pottery business was also in full effect to mass produce many pieces of earthenware for export to Europe and America and there more perhaps more than 20 factories producing the pottery.  Therefore the majority of the pottery items from this location may be low quality and common but there were also makers of amazing fine pottery at the same time too.

There are several things that Satsuma Pottery is famous for and can be identified using these things.  The pottery nearly always has a cracked glaze and it also does not ring when tapped like some other china pottery does.  The craqueleuer of the glaze was done on purpose by the maker and is not a sign of the age of the piece as many people think.  The early pieces of pottery made in the Satsuma region were covered in a thick heavy glaze and the pieces are very rare and are seldom found at auction.  These earlier pieces do not feature many surface designs.  The highly collectible decorated pieces were made in the 19th and 20th century.

Another hallmark of the Satsuma vase, bowl or piece of pottery is the design that adorns the piece.  Lavished with scenes of Japan, the images are tiny and intricate and are possibly the most fascinating thing about the vases you can buy.  Images of people, immortals, dragons, flowers, landscapes, birds and events are all hand painted onto the pottery surface and then a light glaze is put over the surface which then cracks slightly.  These items are very beautiful pieces and are very collectible.

The factories and makers of Satsuma also produced smaller pieces such as bowls and geisha buttons which are also hand painted with the most amazing images.  The small sets of satsuma pottery buttons are highly collectible too and are a perfect addition to any satsuma collection.

When buying a Satsuma bowl, vase or piece if satsuma pottery, the marking on the piece will usually denote the name of the factory or company who has produced the item.  Due to the fact that there were so many makers of this fine china and export pottery, the markings will vary from piece to piece. If the item has the words "ROYAL SATSUMA" or the word Satsuma written in english, then it will be a fake, made for the mass market and possibly made in China.

Large Antique Japanese Satsuma Pottery Vase
Large Antique Japanese Satsuma Pottery Vase
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Unusual Antique Japanese Satsuma Pottery Vase with Applied Enamels
Unusual Antique Japanese Satsuma Pottery Vase with Applied Enamels
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Antique Vase Bowl Japanese SHIMAZU Crest MEIJI Era Satsuma Art Pottery Vtg Asian
Antique Vase Bowl Japanese SHIMAZU Crest MEIJI Era Satsuma Art Pottery Vtg Asian
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LATE MEIJI PERIOD JAPANESE SATSUMA POTTERY BOWL
LATE MEIJI PERIOD JAPANESE SATSUMA POTTERY BOWL
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LATE MEIJI PERIOD JAPANESE SATSUMA POTTERY PLAQUE
LATE MEIJI PERIOD JAPANESE SATSUMA POTTERY PLAQUE
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JAPANESE SATSUMA POTTERY 24CM VASE MALE  2 CHILDREN PANELSURROUNDING PATTERNS
JAPANESE SATSUMA POTTERY 24CM VASE MALE 2 CHILDREN PANELSURROUNDING PATTERNS
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Antique Japanese Satsuma Pottery Turquoise Melon Form Lidded Jar
Antique Japanese Satsuma Pottery Turquoise Melon Form Lidded Jar
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Vintage Chinese Satsuma Vase Pottery Raised Gold Painted
Vintage Chinese Satsuma Vase Pottery Raised Gold Painted
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An Antique Japanese Awata Satsuma Meiji Period Kinkozan Studio Pottery Vase VGC
An Antique Japanese Awata Satsuma Meiji Period Kinkozan Studio Pottery Vase VGC
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