Robert Mangold has been working with Japanese antiques since 1995 with an emphasis on ceramics, Paintings, Armour and Buddhist furniture.
Antique Ko-Satsuma Gourd-shaped Vessel w/Gold Repair
Please refer to our stock # TCR6826 when inquiring.
Gold crowns this lovely Edo period Black Satsuma container wrapped in orange crepe silk and enclosed in an age darkened wooden box. It is plugged with a wooden bung, and has a black line of lacquer also swirling up the body where it has been repaired some very long time ago. Perhaps it was a furidashi and once contained the crystallized sugar candies “Konpeito” so popular in old Japan. Or could it have been some medicine? An intriguing piece of antique pottery, 5 inches (13.5 cm) tall.
Although no known date exists, Satsuma potteries are believed to have begun during the late 16th century when Korean potters were brought to Japan, jumpstarting the ceramic industry in Kyushu, from the Naeshirogawa area, which were to become the hub of the local pottery industry. The oldest remaining examples of Satsuma are stoneware made from iron-rich dark clay covered in dark glaze, humble articles of folk-ware intended for the subdued confines of the tea room of practical everyday use in largely rustic environments. It was not until the early 19th century that the bright and golden works known now as Satsuma began to be created, if not mostly for the export market.
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