December 31, 2017

it's Been Awhile

  It's been a very long time since I posted here.  I used to love collecting Asian art and antiques, learning about the pieces and then writing about them.    Unfortunately, it seems that my various life experiences and challenges got in the way of doing the things I love.   Don't get me wrong, I still love it, I just don't have the money anymore to collect more, nor the space to keep it, and writing is difficult for me now because of memory and focus issues I'm having these past couple of years.  I'm getting old and it seems that age has taken it's toll on my brain, as well as my eyesight.

  I also got distracted, and redirected and suddenly found myself too broke to do any further collecting.  I found myself too overwhelmed with several dire life situations that prevented me from being able to write and post here.

  I have gone through so much in the past couple of years and maybe someday I'll write about it, but for now, I'm just popping in to say hello, just to add some new life to my blog.

  At some point I'll begin writing again about Asian art and antiques, but first I need the room to sort through my collection as it's all packed and I'm cramped in a tiny apartment, and I'm also married now, so I'm often distracted because I have less alone time to do things I enjoy, although that's not necessarily always true, because I have been doing some photography and creating art, which is partially the reason I am writing now, because I wanted to share this with you.

You can check out my art at Fine Art Prints & Photography by Lita Xú Líng Kelley.

I do plan on updating the marks section sometime too, and I have several hundred more marks to share, as well as another hundred or so marks to photograph from my collection, so, that's something to look forward to too.

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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