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Satsuma Japanese Ceramic Dish with Fine Decoration by Kinkozan

$ 6,000
  • Description
    A satsuma ceramic dish made by Kinkozan studio circa 1980-1900s in the late Meiji Period. The dish with a thick robust wall is supported by a large ring base and features very finely detailed surface decoration done by a master hand. Surrounded by clusters of chrysanthemums blossoms in a wide range of varieties, the center of the dish showcases two overlapping panels outlined by gilt borders. One panel depicts a couple with the man sitting on the floor while the lady walking away. The figures were elaborately detailed with attires and coiffures and set on a moriage wave pattern background. The other panel depicts a wooded landscape dotted with flowering plants and flying birds, in which two groups of women and children are pictured playing at their leisure. The composition is natural, with movements and an emphasis on depth in dimension. The rim of the dish is encircled with a band of circles and blossom motifs. The base is signed with hand-scripted four-character "Kinkozan Tsukuru" in a black square with gilt scrolling tendril design. The glaze dispalys an overall even fine crackle. The workmanship is superb and can be catalogized as "miniature art" characterized by the painstaking details. The chrysanthemum clusters were done in a subtly raised moriage with precision in forms and painterly application of colors. The lively rendition of all the characters is meticulous to the tiniest detail such as the raised texture of the woman's white head scarf and woven pattern in their kimonos.
    The Kinkozan family established their pottery business first in 1645 and by the end of 19th century, it had become the largest studio producer of Satsuma ware. By the 1850s, Kinkozan Sobei (Kinkozan IV; 1824-84) started to export the wares to the west, particularly to America, together with the Kyoto manufacturer Taizan VIII. This continued and expanded under the leadership of Kinkozan V (1868-1927) until his death in 1927 when the studio closed. Although due to the large output from the studio and target of the markets, the quality varied considerably, Kinkozan did produce some of the best satsuma pieces from Meiji period. This dish is a good example.
  • More Information
    Documentation: Signed
    Origin: Japan
    Period: 19th Century
    Materials: ceramic
    Condition: Good. Wear consistent with age and use. Fine condition with scattered rubbing off the gilt along the rim in keeping with the age.
    Creation Date: 1880-1900s
    Styles / Movements: Asian, Traditional
    Patterns: Asian/Oriental, Florals/Botanical, Handmade
    Incollect Reference #: 623815
  • Dimensions
    H. 1.75 in; Diam. 8.75 in;
    H. 4.45 cm; Diam. 22.23 cm;
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Our collection ranges from Neolithic Art to 20th century collectible art and design. It spans 5000 thousand years of history and crosses many civilizations and cultures. Our aesthetic strongholds are Mid-century studio design, Japanese and Korean art, Asian Textile Art and Contemporary Aboriginal Art. The diversity is united behind our singular vision to seek for timeless beauty and driven purely by our passion

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