Satsuma cup with chrysanthemums and key pattern borderOn display
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Satsuma cup with chrysanthemums and key pattern border
Material and technique
earthenware, with polychrome overglaze enamels, including gold
Dimensions7.3 cm (height)
6.9 cm (diameter)
No. of items
Presented by Sir Herbert Ingram, 1956.
Museum locationSecond floor | Gallery 36 | Japan from 1850
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)
Glossary of terms
Ceramic material made of clay which is fired to a temperature of c.1000-1200⁰c. The resulting ceramic is non-vitreous and varies in colour from dark red to yellow.
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