Satsuma cup with chrysanthemums and key pattern border

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    Straight sided earthenware cup with a chrysanthemum spray in soft enamels beneath a key-fret border, all over a finely crackled ivory glaze. Signed in gold on side: Satsuma Tōkōzan sei, with a square red seal.

    In spite of arguments to the contrary (some of them very heated) it seems clear that the enameled Satsuma wares, sometimes called ‘brocaded wares’ were first made at Kagoshima, in the Satsuma domain, in the middle of the nineteenth century and were imitated in other areas of Japan (Tōkyō, Kyōto, Ōsaka, Yokohama etc.) later.

    In: Impey, Oliver, and Joyce Seaman, Japanese Decorative Arts of the Meiji Period 1868-1912, Ashmolean Handbooks (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2005)

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earthenware

Further reading

Impey, Oliver, and Joyce Seaman, Japanese Decorative Arts of the Meiji Period 1868-1912, Ashmolean Handbooks (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2005), no. 22 on p. 48, illus. pp. 48-49

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