Robert Mangold has been working with Japanese antiques since 1995 with an emphasis on ceramics, Paintings, Armour and Buddhist furniture.
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Antique Japanese Satsuma Nisai Okimono, Shishi
Please refer to our stock # TCR7893 when inquiring.
A pile of shish lions growl in play as they stack upon one another, their bodies draped in glassy crackled plum colored glaze dating from the 19th century. Very unusual, they are 10 inches (25.5 cm) tall and in excellent condition. The lowermost creature looks startled, teeth bare as it turns to see a large fellow grinning from above, while looking from up top a pup cocks his head churlishly to the side. There is one tiny nick in the glaze on one ear (see circled ear in the last photograph). Stylistically these faces are spot on Satsuma, however the colored glaze is atypical, making me venture that these were made in Kyoto in the Satsuma style (called, aptly, Kyo-Satsuma). In fact, the decorative porcelain the world knows as Satsuma, has its origins in the pottery traditions of both Kyushu and Kyoto, as Kyoto potters were employed in the 19th century to teach the techniques of decoration to the Satsuma workers who had initially specialized in more rustic wares.
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