Satsuma Bowl, Hand-painted Butterfly Design

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Original Japanese antique.

Title: Satsuma bowl
Date: late 19th century
Size: (D) 12.7 x (W) 12.7 x 6 cm
Condition: Partly gilt loss around the edge of the bowl due to age, some stains on the bottom.

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
Product Date late 19th century