Satsuma Bowl, Hand-painted Butterfly Design, 19th century


Title: Satsuma bowl
Date: late 19th century
Size: (D) 12.7 x (W) 12.7 x 6 cm

Original Japanese antique.

Satsuma tea bowl decorated with an array of flowers on the outside and miniature butterflies on the inside.

Typical Meiji Satsuma is a creamy glazed earthenware, covered with miniature decorative motifs, such as women, samurai, Japanese gods or immortals, as well as flowers, animals and landscapes. These images were elaborately produced by hand: painted in enamel, glazed, gilded, and finally fired in a kiln.

Characterized by detailed landscapes and decorative motifs, satsuma ceramics were a new form of intricate artwork. The early artworks were so detailed that one would need the aid of a magnification glass to appreciate the fine miniature paint-work.

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Dimensions(D) 12.7 x (W) 12.7 x 6 cm
Condition ReportPartly gilt loss around the edge of the bowl due to age, small restored area on the rim, some stains on the bottom.
SubjectFlowers & Botanical
Product Datelate 19th century