February 15, 2015

Late Meiji Thousand Faces Satsuma Vase Signed Hotoda 保土田

  Ever since I first saw the Thousand Faces design a while back, I have been wanting one for my collection, yet have never been able to find one within my budget since whenever I do encounter these on auction, the bidding is competitive and the price goes way out of my affordable price range.  I have seen these Thousand Faces Satsuma vases sell from anywhere from several hundred dollars to over a thousand, so I have never been able to obtain one until now, and all by complete chance and luck without even looking for one.

  I was browsing around eBay one day after putting up a few listings to get rid of some of my modern "junk", and while looking at a Chinese piece,  I decided to look and see what else that seller had, and, well, lo & behold, there it was, this beautiful late Meiji period Thousand Faces Satsuma vase, but he had it listed as Antique Chinese Gods Vase and didn't know anything whatsoever about it, so, as a consequence, those seeking Japanese Satsuma Thousand Faces vase did not find the listing, and bidding was not as competitive.    The seller started the auction at $9.99 and I hoped to snatch it up for that amount, however, one other bidder competed against me, until at the very last second I put in a larger bid and won the auction at $38 with free shipping.   I was extremely ecstatic with joy.  To me, this is the most treasured piece of my collection and I am so very happy.

Thousand Faces Satsuma signed Hodada , aka Hodata, 保多田 Thousand Faces Satsuma signed Hodada , aka Hodata, 保多田
Thousand Faces Satsuma signed Hodada , aka Hodata, 保多田 Thousand Faces Satsuma signed Hodada , aka Hodata, 保多田

The vase is signed Hotoda , aka Hodota &/or Hododa, etc thanks to the asshats at Gotheborg for perpetuating incorrect information , 保土田.  The correct spelling is HOTODA.  It's dated somewhere around the end of the Meiji period circa 1900 to perhaps early Taisho period 1920.

Hotoda was one of the last great master's of Satsuma during the Meiji period

.    The Thousand Faces design features Kannon, the Japanese Buddhist Goddess of Compassion, aka Kwan Yin / Guanyin, a single male figure which I haven't identified as of this writing, and multiple rakan which are often incorrectly called arhat  or lohan, and are commonly referred to collectively as "immortals,  each of them of the same face, and  a white dragon intertwines through them.  Rakan, Arhat & Lohan all mean the same thing, but only RAKAN is used in Japanese.  The other terms are Indian and Chinese.

  There are several variations of the Thousand Faces Satsuma design, as well as the Thousand Faces Kutani.  

As a bonus, the auction included the wooden stand, which turned out to be Chinese late Qing Guanxu period to early Republic period.

Here's a couple of different Thousand Faces Satsuma vases currently on eBay, and as you can see, the prices on these can be very high.

Thousand Faces Satsuma Thousand Faces Satsuma

1 comment:

  1. Hello there!
    I was searching for more info on the pair of a Thousand Faces vases I have and I came across your blog. I too have a pair but they differ from yours in the handles , mine have golden Dragons. The marking is also different, for most naturally it is a different artist.
    My question is are you still interested in expanding your Satsuma Thousand faces vases collection? If you are I can send photographes. They are 15,4 cm high.
    All the Best for you,