1920's Hand Painted Satsuma Vase w Moriage & Gold Luster Immortals Pottery Japan
Here is a circa 1920's vintage Japanese satsuma vase with gilding (gold luster) and moriage (raised beading & slipwork). It measures 8-5/8" high x 5-1/8" diameter at the widest. It is marked on underside with gold luster: Made in Japan. There is remnant of old paper label also. It is hand painted and hand decorated with raised beading and slip decorations. Craquelure at rim and inside in gray area. Gold luster bands at rim and foot have slight wear but all other gilding is bright and shiny. Small rough spots of extra clay on foot where it stuck to the kiln shelf and was never ground smooth by factory. It is in very good vintage condition... no chips, cracks or repairs. Purchased from an estate sale.
I found a similar vase with an almost identical male portrait pictured at gotheborg dot com, a great site with lots of info about Japanese pottery. That vase was signed Kinkozan Tsukuru. Our vase is not signed. Info from Gotheborg states that "the Kinkozan family of potters were active from 1645 until 1927 after which the factory closed. Their main production period was between approximately 1875-1927, under the leadership of Kinkozan V (1868-1927)" and that their main market during this time period was America.
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