March 4, 2015

Antique Japanese Meiji Period Cobalt Blue Satsuma Vase Signed Hotoda 保土田 薩摩焼

Another antique cobalt blue Satsuma vase recently added to my collection.  It is Meiji period and is signed Hotoda ( 保土田 ).  Fortunately I was able to acquire this gorgeous Satsuma vase for my collection at the last minute and I thought for sure I wasn't going to get it, that someone was going to snatch it up from under my nose.

When I go shopping online for pieces to add to my collection, I browse around before making any decisions, and since I only had limited funds available, I was unable to purchase this vase at the sellers asking price, so I made on offer, but he immediately declined my offer. Unfortunately, the amount I offered was the full balance available in my account, so I bookmarked it, hoping that nobody would buy it before I could get the money.

Shortly after, I sold an item on eBay, so once again I made an offer, again the full balance of my account, but this time the seller waited a few days before responding, and because there was no response, I incorrectly assumed that perhaps the seller was going to reject my offer, so I instead purchased a different antique cobalt blue Satsuma vase with geisha, signed Shozan, and wouldn't you know it, not even 10 minutes after I complete the payment process, the seller of the Hotoda Satsuma vase made a counter offer, however, I no longer had enough funds to pay for it, so was unable to accept the counter offer.

I was so upset and wanted this vase so badly that come Monday morning, I went straight to the post office to cash the postal money order I purchased to pay my internet bill with and purchased an eBay gift card, and then I returned home and accepted the seller's counter offer... and although my internet bill is now unpaid until later this month, I am ecstatic over having this vase.    It is the second Hotoda Satsuma piece added to my collection this past month or so and I'm so extremely happy that I got it although to date it is the most expensive ever purchase I have ever made for any antique Japanese porcelain in my collection.   The first Hotoda Satsuma piece I got was a Thousand Faces Satsuma vase..

Antique Japanese Meiji Period Cobalt Blue Satsuma Vase Signed Hotoda 保土田 薩摩焼

The vase is a six sided panel vase standing 8" tall with an image of 8 Rakan & 3 little girls flanking Kannon
 

Rakan are  legendary disciples of the historical Buddha, Shakyamuni. Following his example, they attained enlightenment through their own efforts and they remain in the world to preserve the teachings of Buddha until the coming of the future Buddha, Maitreya.   Kannon is the Japanese name for the Buddhist bodhisattva Kwan Yin, aka Guanyin, the Buddhist goddess of compassion.

Antique Japanese Meiji Period Cobalt Blue Satsuma Vase Signed Hotoda 保土田 薩摩焼Antique Japanese Meiji Period Cobalt Blue Satsuma Vase Signed Hotoda 保土田 薩摩焼Antique Japanese Meiji Period Cobalt Blue Satsuma Vase Signed Hotoda 保土田 薩摩焼




The other side of the vase is a scene of 5 geisha and 3 hangyoku maiko (little girls bonded to the geisha house, in training to become geisha).

Antique Japanese Meiji Period Cobalt Blue Satsuma Vase Signed Hotoda 保土田 薩摩焼

The vase is marked with the signature seal of Hotoda 保土田

Satsuma, Mark of Hotoda 保土田

February 28, 2015

Meiji Period Cobalt Blue Satsuma Painted Geisha Vase Marked Shozan 尚山

I'm so far behind with planned posts for this blog as I still have over 1000+ pieces in my collection I have yet to photograph and write about,  and since I just made several auction purchases, I have been posting my most recent acquisitions this past week, this antique Japanese Meiji period cobalt blue Satsuma vase signed with the mark of Shozan ( 尚山 ) is among those recent additions to my growing collection.


Meiji Period Cobalt Blue Satsuma Painted Geisha Vase Marked Shozan 尚山
This cobalt blue Satsuma vase is hand painted with Geisha and a child with Mount Fuji in the background.  The base is marked with the signature of Shozan. 尚山  It is late Meiji period, circa 1880s to 1900 and is approx 8 1/2" tall.  The reverse panel shows the landscape and water below Mt. Fuji.


Meiji Period Cobalt Blue Satsuma Painted Geisha Vase Marked Shozan 尚山 Meiji Period Cobalt Blue Satsuma Painted Geisha Vase Marked Shozan 尚山


Shozan mark: 尚山

Meiji Period Cobalt Blue Satsuma Painted Geisha Vase Marked Shozan 尚山

It's worth mentioning that the fake "expert" known as Gotheborg identifies the Shozan mark 尚山 as Shuzan 珠山 which are not only two entirely different and separate identities with completely different marks, but that the kanji for Sho & Shu are not even remotely similar nor are they interchangeable.  When it comes to Japanese porcelain marks, anything read on Gotheborg should be taken with a grain of salt and treated with skepticism since an overwhelming amount of the information contained therein is completely inaccurate.


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February 26, 2015

Japanese Edo period Matsuyama Gama Aode Kutani Double Gourds 松山窯 青で 九谷

Here's another one of my most recent auction acquisitions, a pair of Japanese Edo period Ao-de Kutani double gourd shaped vases from Matsuyama Gama, signed with the kaku seal of Matsuyama Kiln, 松山窯

Matsuyama Gama existed from 1848 to 1863.  In 1863 the name was changed to Matsuyama Okami KilnMatsuyama ceased production in 1872.   The color and style of original Matsuyama Ao-de Kutani look like Yoshidaya Kutani which was the revival of Ko-kutani, aka old Kutani.

Japanese Edo period Matsuyama Gama Ao-de Kutani Double Gourds 松山窯
Japanese Edo period Matsuyama Gama Ao-de Kutani Double Gourds 松山窯 Japanese Edo period Matsuyama Gama Ao-de Kutani Double Gourds 松山窯


















Matsuyama Gama mark松山窯
Matsuyama Gama mark:  松山窯

 This style of Kutani is referred to by a few different, but similar names,  often mistakenly called Ao Kutani, but the correct term is Ao de Kutani, Aote Kutani or Aode Kutani.

Ao-de Kutani uses four colored overglaze enamels: green, yellow, blue and purple to cover the surface of vessels. Ao-de Kutani is characterized by its deep green color. (Ao means blue in modern Japanese). Ao-de Kutani originated from Ko Kutani ware , which was produced between the mid-17th century and the early 18th century. About 120 years after the production of Ko Kutani ware stopped, Yoshidaya kiln revived the Ko Kutani style and produced aote Kutani in the early 19th century. After Yoshidaya kiln stopped production, aode Kutani was produced by Matsuyama Kiln from 1848 to 1863.


Related links on Matsuyama and Aote Kutani, Kutani Revival, Yoshidaya, etc

Matsuyama-gama 1848-1872
Kutani Matsuyama - Inherited Aote Kutani
Revival of Kutani