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

4 comments:

  1. Hello, my Nam is Art Greenberg and I am trying to Identify s mark on an E-shino dish. I know it is a signature or Kiln mark but I have few references to work with. I saw your article and Hope you might direct me to someone who can identify the mark on my Momoyama dish. My email is buzzgreenberg@msn.com Please contact me and I will send some photos.... Best Regards, Art

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  2. Hello!
    I'm trying to contact Ms Lita to translate a mark on a vase I have. If you read this please contact me at HrsLdyLory@cox.net
    Thank you,
    Lory

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