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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.

Antique Japanese Satsuma Jug Rare 19 tall w circumference of 335 widest part
Antique Japanese Satsuma Jug Rare 19 tall w circumference of 335 widest part
$4,200.00
Antique Meiji Japanese Satsuma Vase Geishas and Peasants
Antique Meiji Japanese Satsuma Vase Geishas and Peasants
$239.00
8958 Antique Japanese Satsuma fat round vase Immortals design
8958 Antique Japanese Satsuma fat round vase Immortals design
$256.99
Pair of Small Antique Signed Satsuma Vases 3 3 4 Excellent
Pair of Small Antique Signed Satsuma Vases 3 3 4 Excellent
$98.33
Antique Japanese Meiji period small Satsuma Vase by Hodota
Antique Japanese Meiji period small Satsuma Vase by Hodota
$20.00
Antique Japanese Satsuma Bowl Dark Blue Gilt Exterior Signed Kozan Kinkozan
Antique Japanese Satsuma Bowl Dark Blue Gilt Exterior Signed Kozan Kinkozan
$450.00
Antique Japanese Satsuma Pair Of Vases Relief Moulded Figures Immortals
Antique Japanese Satsuma Pair Of Vases Relief Moulded Figures Immortals
£493.92
Outstanding Japanese Satsuma Kutani Vase This one is special
Outstanding Japanese Satsuma Kutani Vase This one is special
$1,200.00
Huge Antique Meiji period Japanese Dragon  pearl satsuma vase 22 tall
Huge Antique Meiji period Japanese Dragon pearl satsuma vase 22 tall
$0.01
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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.

Japanese Meiji period satsuma pottery vase signed Kizan
Japanese Meiji period satsuma pottery vase signed Kizan
£343.00
JAPANESE SATSUMA POTTERY COVERED JAR SIGNED
JAPANESE SATSUMA POTTERY COVERED JAR SIGNED
$25.00
8958 Antique Japanese Satsuma fat round vase Immortals design
8958 Antique Japanese Satsuma fat round vase Immortals design
$256.99
Antique Japanese Satsuma Pottery 1000 FLOWERS Gilt  Enameled Bowl
Antique Japanese Satsuma Pottery 1000 FLOWERS Gilt Enameled Bowl
$220.00
Japanese Satsuma Pottery HandPainted Landscape Temple Waterfall 14 Vase Signed
Japanese Satsuma Pottery HandPainted Landscape Temple Waterfall 14 Vase Signed
$199.99
Antique Meiji Period Japanese Awaji Satsuma Pottery Golden Yellow Glazed Vase
Antique Meiji Period Japanese Awaji Satsuma Pottery Golden Yellow Glazed Vase
£79.58
Unusual Antique Export Satsuma Pottery Vase Aesthetic Birds  Flowers Japonisme
Unusual Antique Export Satsuma Pottery Vase Aesthetic Birds Flowers Japonisme
$295.00
Antique Satsuma Japanese Pottery Oriental Geisha Decorated Vase
Antique Satsuma Japanese Pottery Oriental Geisha Decorated Vase
£16.46
Antique Kinkozan Pottery Kyoto Satsuma Yellow Japanese Zen Flower Bottle Vase
Antique Kinkozan Pottery Kyoto Satsuma Yellow Japanese Zen Flower Bottle Vase
$145.00
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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.

Antique Japanese Satsuma Pair Of Vases Relief Moulded Figures Immortals
Antique Japanese Satsuma Pair Of Vases Relief Moulded Figures Immortals
£493.92
Vintage Kutani Hand Made Japanese Satsuma Vase Moriage Applied Dragons 8
Vintage Kutani Hand Made Japanese Satsuma Vase Moriage Applied Dragons 8
$1.95
Antique Satsuma Meiji Period Vase Gold Hand Painted with Figural Scenes Japan
Antique Satsuma Meiji Period Vase Gold Hand Painted with Figural Scenes Japan
$780.00
Japanese Satsuma miniature signed Teapot Richly Decorated 9 figures c1900
Japanese Satsuma miniature signed Teapot Richly Decorated 9 figures c1900
$175.00
Antique Satsuma Kutani Moriage Buddha Figure 85 Tall Excellent Signed SOA
Antique Satsuma Kutani Moriage Buddha Figure 85 Tall Excellent Signed SOA
$81.00
Japanese SATSUMA  Kwan Yin  Porcelain  145 x 4  with stand Morige design
Japanese SATSUMA Kwan Yin Porcelain 145 x 4 with stand Morige design
$145.00
Antique Japanese Satsuma Bowl Dark Blue Gilt Exterior Signed Kozan Kinkozan
Antique Japanese Satsuma Bowl Dark Blue Gilt Exterior Signed Kozan Kinkozan
$450.00
9 Inch Tall Vintage Japanese Satsuma Vase
9 Inch Tall Vintage Japanese Satsuma Vase
$75.00
Large Antique Japanese Satsuma vase wirh Kids figures on handles
Large Antique Japanese Satsuma vase wirh Kids figures on handles
$355.00