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Satsuma Antiques

a typical satsuma ginger jarThere are many types of Satsuma Antiques to collect. The Satsuma region of Japan produced many different styles and types of pottery over the last 200 years and much of it can be considered as valuable.  The delicate finish and fine craftsmanship often draw people to Japanese art and pieces and there is nothing more suited to being collected than this style of pottery.  Satsuma is often compared to Chinese porcelain, as they were both made with similar care and perfection.  However, I believe that the Chinese items to be more dull in color, compared to the bright and vivid imagery that you can find on Satsuma pieces.

Due to the quality and skill of the makers of these pieces, many have lasted several hundred years and people have found that they have been passed down through their families.  Many Satsuma pieces can also be bought at auction or you may even be lucky enough to pick one up at a local house sale or thrift shop.

Satsuma Vases are very popular among collectors. These vases, some as tall as 9 or 10 inches, are highly decorated with pictures of Japanese Geisha girls or images of wildlife. Used mainly for the display of flowers, a Satsuma Vase is a great addition to any collection of Japanese porcelain or pottery.  Other popular items include bowls and ginger jars, which seem to be very popular too.  The short ginger jar is widely associated with Japanese antiques and culture and therefore you may find more of these types of items if you are looking to buy.

Another popular Satsuma antique are the Satsuma Geisha Buttons. These tiny, delicately decorated earthenware buttons were worn on the clothing of Japanese Geisha girls. They are often hand painted with images of plants, flowers or animals.

There are many types of Satsuma Pottery you could collect. Always look for the tell tale crackled glaze, yellowish appearance and intricate and sometimes raised decoration.  It is also important that you turn the item over and check for the makers marking on the bottom before you buy.  The style of design was copied massively, all over the world, after it became popular, with many pieces being copied and mass produced.  This lead to there being printed markings written in English such as "Hand Painted Royal Satsuma" rather than a hand painted Shimazu crest and the name of the individual maker or kiln in Japan.

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vintage meiji satsuma 12 In Victorian Vase Enamel Floral Decorated
vintage meiji satsuma 12 In Victorian Vase Enamel Floral Decorated
$80.00
antique Japanese satsuma pottery vase
antique Japanese satsuma pottery vase
£126.84
Pair of Antique Satsuma Miniature Vases Japan Japanese Vase Signed
Pair of Antique Satsuma Miniature Vases Japan Japanese Vase Signed
$150.00

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Pair Of Antique Late 19th Early 20th Century Japanese Satsuma Vases
Pair Of Antique Late 19th Early 20th Century Japanese Satsuma Vases
£38.55
Japanese antique pottery satsuma Vase  EDO Gosu Blue Shimazu Mon
Japanese antique pottery satsuma Vase EDO Gosu Blue Shimazu Mon
$730.00
Rare High GLOSS Black SATSUMA Meiji Period JAPANESE Pottery Vase C1880
Rare High GLOSS Black SATSUMA Meiji Period JAPANESE Pottery Vase C1880
£19.90

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Wonderful Antique Japanese Satsuma Vase
Wonderful Antique Japanese Satsuma Vase
$80.00
Fine small 19th C Hand Painted Cobalt Blue Gold Satsuma Vase Beautiful pc NR
Fine small 19th C Hand Painted Cobalt Blue Gold Satsuma Vase Beautiful pc NR
$74.99
Important Japanese Meiji Satsuma Vase Jar W Silver Lid By Taizan Yohei IX
Important Japanese Meiji Satsuma Vase Jar W Silver Lid By Taizan Yohei IX
$2,399.00
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Dragonware and Moriage Pottery

During the late 19th century, techniques used by the makers and styles of oriental pottery such as Satsuma and Dragonware began to evolve and progress as the potters became more skilled and had access to better and more advanced machinery and kilns.

The use of Moriage is widespread throughout the range of Japanese and Chinese pottery that has been available over the last 200 years. Moriage is the term used to describe the layering of small beads or lines of slip clay onto the surface of the pottery, vase or bowl which is then glazed over to leave a relief that can be felt and seen. The Moriage beads were often painted gold after the glaze had been applied, giving the pottery item a unique and special finish. The beads were all placed onto the pottery by hand before it was fired in the kiln. Later, when the mass production of such items was started, the addition of the slip clay beads was replaced by adding small dots of enamel which speeded up the production time of each of the items.

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Antique Nippon Porcelain Gold Beaded Moriage Chocolate Pot Nr Mint
Antique Nippon Porcelain Gold Beaded Moriage Chocolate Pot Nr Mint
$45.00
VINTAGE MORIAGE DRAGONWARE LARGE VASE JAPAN
VINTAGE MORIAGE DRAGONWARE LARGE VASE JAPAN
$48.00
A Fine Meiji Japanese Moriage cloisonne enamel vase GONDA
A Fine Meiji Japanese Moriage cloisonne enamel vase GONDA
$1,695.00

Moriage was also taken one step further and was used to create pottery vases and barrels that have heavily stylized relief designs. Pottery such as Dragonware featured this style and method heavily. The term Dragonware is used to describe a pot or vase that has an oriental dragon motif that has been built up using fine layers of slip clay, making a deep relief of the dragon or serpent that curls around the outside of the piece of pottery. Slip clay is a thick liquid clay that is used to make porcelain and pottery. The Dragonware was then painted in bright colors with scenes or images of Japanese or Oriental life, and the dragons were usually left with a minimal or white coloring. Although it began to be made in the late 19th century, Dragonware is still made today and is still very popular, being exported all over the world.

The raised, 3 dimensional parts of the moriage and Dragonware pieces were often added to the pottery using a technique known as slipwork. This involves mixing the clay with water to form a runny substance which is then poured into a shaped mold and allowed to set for a period of time before being added to the pottery just before the firing process.

Some of the Dragonware and beaded moriage pottery may not be marked, painted with or stamped with the mark of the designer or factory where it was made. It was common for pieces of Nippon pottery to have a small paper label applied which may have now been lost or destroyed.

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VINTAGE MORIAGE DRAGONWARE LARGE VASE JAPAN
VINTAGE MORIAGE DRAGONWARE LARGE VASE JAPAN
$48.00
Vintage Hand Painted Dragonware Tea Service for 6 Blue Eyed Dragon
Vintage Hand Painted Dragonware Tea Service for 6 Blue Eyed Dragon
$69.99
Dragonware Salt  Pepper Shakers Gondola Tray Moriage Hand Painted Nippon Japan
Dragonware Salt Pepper Shakers Gondola Tray Moriage Hand Painted Nippon Japan
$40.00

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Vintage Moriage Raised Dragonware Japanese Tea Saki Set salt and pepper
Vintage Moriage Raised Dragonware Japanese Tea Saki Set salt and pepper
$29.99
15 pc Blue Dragonware Handpainted Moriage Tea Pot Creamer Sugar 6 Cups  Saucers
15 pc Blue Dragonware Handpainted Moriage Tea Pot Creamer Sugar 6 Cups Saucers
$24.00
Collectible Miniature Cup And Saucer ACRA China Dragonware  Vintage Japan
Collectible Miniature Cup And Saucer ACRA China Dragonware Vintage Japan
$4.99

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Vintage Japanese Moriage Dragonware Tea Cup Set of 4 Bone China Demitasse
Vintage Japanese Moriage Dragonware Tea Cup Set of 4 Bone China Demitasse
$20.00
Vintage Moriage Dragonware Tea Cup Saucer W Litho Geisha Made in Japan
Vintage Moriage Dragonware Tea Cup Saucer W Litho Geisha Made in Japan
$11.00
Vintage Dragon Ware DragonWare Teapot Japan
Vintage Dragon Ware DragonWare Teapot Japan
$19.99