Genuine Satsuma is native to Japan and never anywhere else including China. Genuine Satsuma is hand-painted with Japanese images, Chinese figures do not appear on genuine Satsuma and genuine Satsuma is marked in Japanese. Not all Satsuma marks are the same. Whatever the Satsuma mark used, many Satsuma pieces include the Shimazu clan mark, a red, hand-painted circle with a cross inside like the crosshairs in a gunsight. If you do have a piece that you suspect is genuine Satsuma, there are many on-line Satsuma resources that can help you identify the mark. Simply go to the home page of this site and provide your email address to subscribe for free AND receive a page digital reference about antique furniture.
Please see the valuation service we recommend using. Intricate design,writings on bottom are in gold. Would love someone to authenticate it. I saw one, probably Japanese, tea set without any stamp. It depends on how badly it is damaged I guess!
Im not a collector of porcelain or earthenware, but lately I received three vases: And as I know, damaged items are normally not worth to keep. So I actually dont need a valuation, but I would like to get an advice: All I know about the vase: So I ask myself, if it is a mass produced vase or a genuine antique piece. In the latter case I would probably not throw it away.
Proper antiques only have hand painted marks in Japanese text and without any English at all. I suspect you have one of the mass-produced pieces that were made in the Satsuma style when it became popular. I have a large vase. The pattern has little raised dots all over it, with almost a quilt pattern and pink roses and gold handles at the top , with a small mouth.
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Can you tell me any thing about it? If they have the Shimazu mark hand painted then they are likely to be antique. However, I cannot give appraisals as I am just a collector. Please use the online valuation service we recommend. Hi i have two peices of royal satsuma with the marks you show above the shimazu mark one is an egg about 6or 7 inches high and the other is like a trinket box about 7inch by 4inch and has very nice pictures and raised bumps over the whole box and egg was wondering if they are worth anything abd they are both in perfect condition no chips scratches or marks on them would be thankful if you could give me any info.
Just stumbled upon this in my grandmothers house! Hi I have 2 of what I tho k are satsuma mini vases they are only about 4in tall. One has a dig a tyre on the bottom and one has just some lines. I would just like to know what the writing says. Have you got email I can send some pictures to show.
Without images and markings it will be impossible to verify if you really have any real Satsuma pieces. I am also unable to give any valuations — if you have some images or can take them please use the online antique valuation service we recommend.
How To Read Satsuma Marks
Skip to content I get messages over at our facebook page that accompanies this site, asking if pieces of inherited or bought pottery are genuine and if I can give an approximate value. Check for English words first. Check for the Shimazu crest. Previous Post Previous post: Their main production period were approximately between under the leadership of Kinkozan V Technically specking Kinkozan family wares are not a true 'Satsuma' but should be classified as Awata Kyo-yaki.
The vase is one of a pair.
This vase is marked with a sticker on the base saying , it is however not known if this is a date. According to the family history it might be the year of acquisition. Perhaps near turn of the century or slightly before. In the book "Treasury of Satsuma" there seems to be several similar illustrated dated to ca.
Click here to see large picture Kizan Kizan under the Shimazu family crest, a cross within a circle. KIZAN , gold mark on red KIZAN , gold mark on black Kizan , gold mark in double gold lines. It is generally accepted that marks that includes "Dai Nippon" in Japanese characters on the whole date to the Meiji period, reflecting the greatly increased nationalism of that period. This mark Meiji period, around - Click here to see large picture Koshida Koshida seems to have been a prolific maker of Satsuma from at least the ,s.
Much of their production was decorated by some of the best artists and bears their marks as well as Koshida's. Koshida would have closed about the same time as the Kinkozan factory and the business seems to have reopened post war, either by a family member or by someone simply using a well known name as a cachet. Date likely to be s or later. This is a company, rather than artist, name. Taisho period Koshida under the Shimazu family crest.
Bowl, Kyoto Satsuma ware, Mark: Bowl dated Kyoto Click here to see large picture Kozan For Makuzu Kozan, se below. Bowl in moriage decoration. It is still active and was operating at least as early as the s.
Common Japanese pottery marks.
Porcelain with moriage decoration in 'Satsuma' style. The characters read Kozan sei, Kyoto. Dai Nihon, Kozan zo. Kozan in upper cartouche, Takezan in lower. The Shimazu clan mark Satsuma above Kyozan or alternatively Kozan , as artist name. Kyozan Zo meaning "Kyozan made this ". Mark has several alternative readings for first character, and a loose translation of both is "fragrant mountain". Pattern is usually in Moriage raised enamels style.
Kozan Sei meaning "Kyozan made this ". A known artist mark, but not much else is known. Tentative date around Pin dish, for a lady's dressing table. Shimazu family crest mon , a cross within a circle. The characters below read Satsuma yaki with the second character abbreviated. The character to the left may be an honorific and the whole could read something like "Fine pottery of Satsuma". It is not signed but has the seal Ki or Yoshi written in Sosho style within a circle.
Early Meiji period. Click here to see large picture Makuzu Kozan The Makuzu workshop the official kiln name was established in Yokohama in by the Kyoto potter Miyagawa Kozan It initially produced Satsuma-style pottery painted in polychrome enamels and gold, but during the s it focused increasingly on the making of porcelain decorated in Chinese style.
Satsuma-style pieces marked 'Kozan' can also be classified as a Makuzu ware or a Yokohama ware. Link to Makuzo ware introduction video. Pieces are marked Kozan, or Makuzu, or both, marks being drawn or impressed. Kozan I became a Teishitsu Gigeiin or Imperial artist in , and died in His first son, Hanzan , succeeded as head of the kiln in and run by him through the early Showa era. In Hanzan officially took the name Kozan II after one year mourning for his fathers passing.
The Kozan studio produced some of the highest quality ceramics made in Japan, and participated in many of the great international expositions in Europe and America, as well as in domestic exhibitions during the Meiji era. Among other achievements the kiln was commissioned for works to be presented to the Prince of Wales, the 25th wedding anniversary gift for the Taisho emperor and the Showa Emperors coronation gift. During the areal bombing of Yokohama in the Makuzu kiln and showroom were completely destroyed. Shimazu family crest over Maru-i commonly Maru meaning "round" or "circular".
Suggested date mid s. Click here to see large picture Meizan The Meizan Studio produced fine quality Satsuma ware, generally signed or impressed Meizan which is not the artist Yabu Meizan.
While several readings are possible some are more common than other. For the purpose of this marks page I have settled for the Hodota transcription, which is a Japanese family name. Various porcelain carries this name separate or in combination with others in their marks, of which some are listed below. Click here to see large picture. Satsuma yaki, dai ni [hon], Gyokuzan. Satsuma Gyozan Click here to see large picture. The Shimazu clan mark Satsuma above Jin-zan Click here to see large picture.
Late Meiji Click here to see large picture. The Kinkozan family of potters were active from until after which the factory closed.
Koshida seems to have been a prolific maker of Satsuma from at least the ,s. Kyokuzan which could be literally translated to Morning Sun Mountan is know on both typical Satsuma earthenware body as well as white porcelain, some signed 'Kutani', why while possibly a potter, this might rather be a shop or company name.
The Makuzu workshop the official kiln name was established in Yokohama in by the Kyoto potter Miyagawa Kozan A printed paper label on the base of an item states the name and address to the company as: The mark is a kind of shorthand "Maruni". A circle is maru meaning "round". Sometimes the 'ni' appears within a circle. It appears as if this company continued to operate right up until the WWII or about Shimazu family crest over Maruni. Tea or coffee set. The Meizan Studio produced fine quality Satsuma ware, generally signed or impressed Meizan which is not the artist Yabu Meizan.
Shimazu family crest above cartouches. Reading top to bottom, right to left the top cartouche is: Dai Nippon, Bi jutsu. The lower cartouche is: Dai Nippon Satsuma Hodota.
English marking on Satsuma speaks of modern age - Antique Trader
If considered, two further characters at the bottom left and center. While unsure, I think they say tsukuru kore i. Therefore reading top to bottom, right to left the full mark might read: Dai Nippon, Satsuma, Hodota made this. The full mark might read: