Yabu Meizan, Satsuma Tea Cup, Gilded Red

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Original Japanese woodblock print.

Artist: Yabu Meizan (1853 - 1934)

Title: Satsuma Tea Cup

Date: Early 20th century

Size: Height 8.5 cm x Diameter 8 cm



Yabu Meizan was considered to be one of the greatest ceramic artists of Japan during the 19th and 20th century. He was born in Osaka in 1853 and studied painting techniques on ceramics in Tokyo, returning to Osaka, where he established his workshop, in 1880.


Characterized by detailed landscapes and decorative motifs, Yabu Meizan created 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. During the 20th century, he simplified the motif of his designs to appeal to a wider audience and correspond to the fashion of the period, while maintaining his attention to detail throughout.


Unrivaled by any artist of this period, the theme of freely-drawn maple leaves on these artworks is a fine example of a simple design and finely delicate workmanship.


More Information
Title Satsuma Tea Cup
Artist Name Yabu Meizan
Dimensions Height 8.5 cm x Diameter 8 cm
Subject Flowers & Botanical
Product Date Early 20th century