|Date/Era/Period:||1870 - 1890|
|Description:||Satsuma Vase of ovoid form decorated with oval panels to front and rear the first with with a geisha playing a koto, the second with a woman painting, all within a background of fish, flowers and bands of geometric designs|
|Origin:||Bought it 2002 Antique Market|
|Appraised By:||Louis Lawrence|
|History Of The Item:||To translate all these signatures is a long process and I do not do this type of work for the modest fee I am being paid for this valuation. I see no reason at all why they cannot be translated as they do not appear to be too complex. Most of the signatures are not of the artist who decorated this vase but of the original painters who created the designs for the original paintings within the decoration. For example the boy is showing a painting of bird on a prunus branch to the seated woman. This is signed with the name of the artist who created the original painting and is very likely to be a well known painti,ng of the day by a well known painter. However the signature to the right on that same panel is the signature of the decorator. Also the sign at the top of the panels on the other side is not a signature but the sign for the tea house in which the geisha is playing. I suggest you register with gotheborg.com and put this up on their Satsuma discussion form. There are plenty of people who will give you the readings of the names. However I would be a lot more sceptical about some of the other opinions on the date and merits of the vase - I have seen some nonsense written there!|
|Appraiser Tips:||Earthenware decorated with overglaze colors does not deteriorate with age and is not affected by sunlight. However care should be taken not to scrub with an abrasive when cleaning, and, of course, not to drop the vase.|
|Research Sources:||A number of resources were used for the research of this work including records from the the major auction houses, leading specialist dealer's catalogues and books devoted to the subject.|
|Appraiser Comments:||Of the type this is an excellent quality piece. Normally these large early types are of modest quality and crudely made. This is far better than the average. However, commercially there is little interested in Satsuma ware of this date and size which will hold back the value. PS New book on Satsuma coming in late 2011.|
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