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Satsuma

The typical Satsuma ware we most of the time comes into contact with is a yellowish earthenware usullay decorated with a minute decoration with Japanese figures, expressive faces or detailed oriental landscapes, or sometimes embellished with vivid dragons in relief. This ware is in fact an export product specifically designed in the mid 19th century to cater to the western export market. The Japanese themselves had very little interest in this ware.

From around the 1890's to the early 1920's at least twenty and possibly more studios or factorys were producing "Satsuma" wares of which much were of low quality and destined for the European and American export markets. At the same time, artists studio's were producing wares of the finest quality.

Most of the marks below will detail this ware since there were many masterpieces created during its hayday and several studios have created eternal fame for their names with these magnificent wares. It is easily recognized by its finely crackled glaze and by the fact that its earthenware body does not "ring" when tapped. The production soon spread to several cities such as Kyoto, Tokyo, Nagoya, Yokohama and elsewhere throughout Japan, from the Meiji period (1868-1912) up until today.

Satsuma Han however has a much longer history than that. If you click the map icon to the right you will find this as the Satsuma area on the southern Kyushu island. The first historical kilns here were established by Korean potters in the late 16th century. These first wares were stonewares, covered with a thick dark glaze and are so rare that only museums might have a few to show.

The success of the Satsuma export decorative style inspired many followers, some of which have a stoneware body or a pure white porcelain, why I have choosen to collect any and all Satsuma looking wares, here.

The circle with a cross that often makes up a part of the marks, are the Shimazu mon or the family crest of the clan that ruled Satsuma Han however I doubt that any of the Shimazu clan ever owned a Satsuma export style ware piece. If that were to be the case, the crest would in that case need to be blue, since that was also the Shimazu clan colors.

Satsuma was produced in Kagoshima, Kyoto, Tokyo, Osaka, Kobe, and Kanazawa by hundreds of known artists, in many styles and by literally thousands of unknown decorators. Meizan has pieces authenticated as being done in Kanazawa (Kutani). For most of the "Zan brothers" nothing is known, in spite of very good quality work and many good studio pieces are simply unmarked.

Please also notice that the authenticity of many of the more important marks below are uncertain.

Jan-Erik Nilsson

Satsuma

A few comments:

"Satsuma Gosu Blue" was produced in very limited quantity in Kyoto in the mid-19th century, and is now the most sought after of the Satsuma wares.

A comment on Kyoto or Awata wares as compared to Satsuma ware

Pieces manufactured in Awata near Kyoto, after the Edo period, are called "Kyoto Satsuma". Later on, Satsuma style wares was also produced in Yokohama and Tokyo. The paste and glaze is probably the same as on Satsuma ware while the style of decoration is different. Sandra Andacht, in her Treasury of Satsuma book, quotes a 19th century visitor to the Kinkozan factory, saying that "the same glazed pots were decorated in two styles, the one being called Kyoto or Awata ware, and the other Satsuma".



Bizan
This mark reads Bizan where 'Bi' = Utsukushi = Beautiful. This Bizan is one of several workshops working for the export industry of the time. It is also not Shimizu Bizan of Kutani fame whose work is extraordinary. There were a number of Bizans working over the years.
343. Bizan, Taisho period (1912-1926)
1331. Tea or coffe set. Mark: Bizan under the Shimazu family crest. Taisho period (1912-1926) or sligtly later.


Choshuzan
Choshuzan, alternative reading ZHO (or naka), SHU and ZAN (yama). One of the most common marks on Kyoto Satsuma dragonware during the second half of the Meiji period (1868-1912) is that of Choshuzan, mostly in conjuction with another artist and some kind of commendatory mark such as respectfully made. Marks can in addition to Choshuzan have Dai Nippon (Great Japan), Satsuma Koku, Jissei in, Choshuzan saku (made), Kagetsu hitsu (decorated).
1267. Tea cup and saucer, Kyoto Satsuma ware, Mark: Choshuzan. Decoration of dragons with white slip (moriage) on a heavy gilded ground, often referred to as dragonware. Date second half of the Meiji period (1868-1912).

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592. Satsuma. Mark: The three top characters read, from right to left - Dai Nippon. The four characters in the centre read Satsuma, Jitsu Sei. The three on the right read Choshuzan i.e. the potter, and the three on the left, Kagetsu Ga - painter. The large square character seems to read either Maru, or Tsubaru meaning round or circular, it may be a studio mark. Date: probably from the later part of the Meiji (1868-1912) period.


'Daimyo Made'
1435. Satsuma. Mark: Right colum: Dai Nippon. Middle column of 3 characters is best written as "Satsu ma (shortened form) yaki", rather than "Satsu ma sho", so "Satsuma ware". The decorator's name has just 2 characters, I think best written as Daimyo (perhaps, in this sense, meaning "great reputation"), with the LH column then reading "Daimyo made". Likely date, around 1900.


Futaji
444. Satsuma. Mark: Shimazu family crest; Possible reading Futaji. Before 1920.


Fuzan
461. Satsuma. Mark: Kyoto Fuzan = "Kyoto, Maple Mountain". Meiji period (1868-1912)


Gosuido
433. Mark: Gosuido. Early to mid 20th century.

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Gyokuzan
365. "Gyokuzan" (?) Illegible mark which while seems to say Gyokuzan the vase is not in his style.
451. Satsuma. Mark: "Gyokuzan". Shimazu family crest above cartouche. No 451. The right cartouche reads "Gyokuzan". The left deserves a separate description. Meiji period (1868-1912).
454. Satsuma. Mark: "Gyokuzan". Shimazu circular crest above inscription. The three characters to the right read: Satsuma-yaki. Suggested reading of the left column despite a possibly error / extra "zan" character: Satsuma yaki, dai ni [hon], Gyokuzan
364. Gyokuzan, gold mark with separate 'mon' on dull gold. Meiji period (1868-1912)
341. Gyokuzan, gold mark on red
363. Gyokuzan, gold mark. Meiji period (1868-1912)
366. Gyokuzan, gold mark on two coloured flower bud. (Does not show mark, accept as correct) Early Meiji period (1868-1912).
614. Mark: Gyokuzan, Artist: Chin Ju Kan, c. 1868-69.

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Gyozan
1137. Mark: The mark reads Gyozan Sei Zo (Sei = to 'make' or 'manufacture'; Zo = 'to create') The marks indicate that the pottery was produced and decorated by Gyozan, Kyoto pottery. The red mark is the kakihan which often appears of ware by this family of potters. Tentative date around 1920s.

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Hyozan
474. Satsuma. Hyozan or Hiozan. Taisho period (1912-1926)


Jinzan
1062. Mark: The Shimazu clan mark (Satsuma) above Jin-zan

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Jitsu
892. Koro, with decoration of "Arhats" (sages) etc., Mark: Dai Nippon, jitsu hin, satsuma yaki. Date: Late Meiji 1895-1912

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Jukan
455. Satsuma. Mark: Jukan. The third character is a seal or Kakihan of the artist


Kazan
346. Shimazu family crest; cartouche reads Kazan. Taisho period (1912-1926).


Keida
1065. Mark: Yoshida. The mark appears to read "Satsuma" "Keida" with a Kakihan, ie the red mark at the bottom, an unreadable mark of the artist/potter. Tentative date around 1920s.

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Kinkozan
The Kinkozan family of potters were active from 1645 until 1927 after which the factory closed. Approximately around 1875 Kinkozan IV's (1824-84) whos real name was Kobayashi Sobei started to export their products, together with the Kyoto manufacturer Taizan VIII. The market was in particular America. Their main production period were approximately between 1875-1927, under the leadership of Kinkozan V (1868-1927).
1447. Vase. Mark: Kinkozan tsukuru. Meiji (1868-1913) period.

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448. Satsuma. Kinkozan.
449. Satsuma. Kinkozan tsukuru.
456. Satsuma. Kinkozan tsukuru.
452. Satsuma. Mark: Kinkozan.
875. Mark: Kinkozan tsukuru. Date uncertain.

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1241. Vase, height 5 inch / 12.5 cm. Mark: Kinkozan tsukuru. Date early 1920s. The vase is one of a pair.

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1241. Vase, height 5 inch / 12.5 cm. Mark: Kinkozan tsukuru. This vase is marked with a sticker on the base saying 1934, it is however not known if this is a date. According to the family history it might be the year of acquisition.

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1064. Mark: Kinkozan. Perhaps near turn of the century or slightly before. In the book "Treasury of Satsuma" there seems to be several similar illustrated dated to ca. 1885-1900.

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Kizan
359. ?KIZAN, gold mark on red
360. ?KIZAN, gold mark on black
362. Kizan, gold mark in double gold lines. characters to right illegible. Meiji period (1868-1912)
582. Dai Nippon, Kizan, Tsukuru - "Great Japan, Kizan, (artist). made". It is generally accepted that marks that includes "Dai Nippon" in Japanese characters on the whole date to the Meiji (1868-1912) period, reflecting the greatly increased nationalism of that period. This mark Meiji period, around 1880 - 1900.

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Koshida
Koshida seems to have been a prolific maker of Satsuma from at least the 1880,s. Much of their production was decorated by some of the best artists and bears their marks as well as Koshida's. Koshida would have closed about the same time as the Kinkozan factory and the business seems to have reopened post war, either by a family member or by someone simply using a well known name as a cachet.
1262. Vase. Mark: Koshida. Date likely to be 1950s or later.

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457. Satsuma. Koshida. This is a company, rather than artist, name. Taisho period (1912-1926)
1307. Mark: Koshida under the Shimazu family crest. This is a company, rather than artist, name.
1242. Bowl, Kyoto Satsuma ware, Mark: Koshida. Bowl dated Kyoto 1959.

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1263. Moon flask, height 8 1/2 inch, signed Koshida + Suizan.

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Kozan
458. Satsuma. "Kozan".
352. "Kozan". Meiji period (1868-1912)
358. "Kozan. The characters read Kozan sei, Kyoto. Meiji period (1868-1912).
459. Satsuma. Dai Nihon, Kozan zo. Meiji period (1868-1912)
476. Satsuma. Kozan in upper cartouche, Takezan in lower. Meiji period (1868-1912)
934. Mark: The Shimazu clan mark (Satsuma) above Kyozan or alternatively Kozan, as artist name. Kyozan Zo meaning "Kyozan made (this)". Mark has several alternative readings for first character, and a loose translation of both is "fragrant mountain". Common Satsuma motif. Pattern is usually in Moriage (raised enamels)style. Date: 1860-1910

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Kyokuzan - Morning Sun Mountain
Kyokuzan which could be literally translated to Morning Sun Mountan is know on both typical Satsuma earthenware body as well as white porcelain, some signed 'Kutani', why while possibly a potter, this might rather be a shop or company name.
1207. Dish. Mark is Kyokuzan. A known artist mark, but not much else is known. Tentative date around 1910-20.

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1211. Pin dish, for a lady's dressing table. Mark is Kyokuzan. Date around 1920-35.

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1217. Koro. Mark is Kyokuzan. Satsuma mon (cross withing circle). The characters below read Satsuma yaki with the second character abbreviated. The character to the left may be an honorific and the whole could read something like "Fine pottery of Satsuma". It is not signed but has the seal Ki or Yoshi written in Sosho style within a circle. Early Meiji (1868-1912) period.

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Maruni & Co
A printed paper label on the base of an item states the name and address to the company as: "Maruni & Co, Isokami Dori 6, Chome, Kobe, Japan. Manufacturer & Dealer in all kinds of porcelain satsuma ware." The mateial in this set seems to be a white porcelanious stoneware. The mark is a kind of shorthand "Maruni". A circle is maru meaning "round". Sometimes the 'ni' appears within a circle. It appears as if this company continued to operate right up until the WWII or about 1938. After WWII labels with Maruni & Company appears on pieces of laquer on metal with the addition Made in Occupied Japan and sometimes also the 'CPO' (Central Purchasing Office) meaning bought in to the US army souvenier trade. I have so far not found any porcelain Maruni wares with the addition of "Occupied Japan" or "CPO".
557. Mark: Shimazu family crest over Maruni. Tea or coffee set. "Maruni & Co, Kobe" sicker still under the base. Porcelain. Suggested date mid 1920s.

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1400. Mark: Shimazu family crest over Maru-i commonly Maru meaning "round" or "circular". Pair of vases. Porcelain. Likely date 1920s-30s.

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735. Mark: Maruni. Suggested date mid 1920s.

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Meizan (1880-1920)
The Meizan Studio (1880-1920) produced fine quality Satsuma ware, generally signed or impressed Meizan which is not the artist Yabu Meizan.
477. Satsuma. Meizan. Meiji period (1868-1912)


Meizan Hododa
356. Shimazu family crest; cartouche reads Meizan Hododa. Meiji period (1868-1912).
453. Satsuma. Mark: "Hododa". Shimazu family crest above cartouches. Reading top to bottom, right to left the top cartouche is: Dai Nippon, Bi jutsu. The lower cartouche is: Satsuma, Hododa. Meiji period (1868-1912).
470. Satsuma. Artist signature: "Hododa". Mark:

Shimazu family crest above cartouche. Dai Nippon Satsuma Hododa. If considered, two further characters at the bottom left and centre. While unsure, I think they say tsukuru kore (i.e. made this). Therefore (reading top to bottom, right to left) the full mark might read: Dai Nippon, Satsuma, Hododa made this. It is generally accepted that marks that includes "Dai Nippon" in Japanese characters on the whole date to the Meiji (1868-1912) period, reflecting the greatly increased nationalism of that period. This mark: Meiji period (1868-1912)

1074. Satsuma. Artist signature: "Hododa". Mark:

Shimazu family crest above cartouche. Dai Nippon Satsuma Hododa. The full mark might read: Dai Nippon, Satsuma, Hododa made this. It is generally accepted that marks that includes "Dai Nippon" in Japanese characters on the whole date to the Meiji (1868-1912) period, reflecting the greatly increased nationalism of that period. This mark: Meiji period (1868-1912).

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889. Mark: Top to bottom, left to right, it reads Dai Nippon ? zan (shimazu mon) Satsu ma yaki, Ho do da sei. Meaning: "(made in) Great Japan (by) ? zan, Satsuma ware, manufactured (by) Hododa." The artist name is possibly the bottom two characters on the right (? san). Hodada was a large Tokyo producer which made many pieces in this style early in the 20th C.

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1085. Mark: Under the circular Shimazu clan mark, Dai Nippon, Yokohama, Satsuma yaki, Hododa ( also read as Hotoda ), Kinzo or tutushinde meaning 'respectfully made'.

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Meizan, Yabu (1853-1934)

The artist Yabu Meizan (1853-1934) had his own studio operating from approx 1880's to 1920's. Extremely high quality decoration. All his work carries his own Yabu Meizan seal, usually in gold.

874. Satsuma "Yabu Meizan" mark from 1904 advertising.

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1141. "Yabu Meizan (1853-1934)", gold mark in double gold lines on brown.

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355. "Yabu Meizan (1853-1934)", gold mark in double gold lines on brown.
466. Mark: Yabu Meizan. Meiji period (1868-1912).


Meizan
357. Illegible, maybe ... Meizan.


Motoya
1266. Bowl. Mark reads Motoya Sei Zo or Made by Motoya. Early 20th century.

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Nambe
478. Satsuma. Mark: Cartouche with Shimazu circular family crest. The left hand column contains the signature, "Nambe"? The central and right hand columns read top to bottom, right to left Dai Nippon, Satsuma yaki. Meiji period (1868-1912)
932. Mark: Nambe. As with many others it is not known whether the name denotes an artist or perhaps a factory/studio mark. Date: Late Meiji 1895-1912 or slightly later

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Omura
347. Shimazu family crest; cartouche reads Omura. Taisho period (1912-1926).


Rokuzan
473. Satsuma. Mark: Rokuzan or Ryokuzan. The two left characters are (top to bottom) "tsukuru kore" (ie "made this").


Ryozan, Yasuda Co.
Style name Ryozan (real name Nakamura Tatsunoske) was adopted by him from his teacher and predecessor, the celebrated early 19th century Kyoto potter Nishimura Zengoro. Ryozan is the most famous of the artists working for the Yasuda company.
1275. Satsuma. Mark: Dai Nippon, Yasuda, Ryozan
1315. Mark: Ryozan and a Yasuda Trading Company mark over the Shimazu clan marking of a cross and a circle.

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Ryozan
885. Japanese porcelain in Satsuma style. Mark: Ryozan, but not the well known Meiji period 'Ryozan' who signed with different characters. Possible date: around 1920's.

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Ryuzan
354. Ryuzan (?), gold mark with separate 'mon', on red. (Illegible). Taisho period (1912-1926). There are also various Kutani Ryuzan (eg Ryuzan Ishino) which would comfortable explain the apparently white porcelain body or the piece.


Satsuma or Satsuma Yaki
1244. Satsuma koro. Mark: Satsuma yaki under the Shimazu family crest. As all the blue, including the mark, is Gosu blue, Presumed date to the earlier part of the Meiji period, around 1880 or thereabouts.

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1306. Mark: Shimazu family crest and below that Satsuma Yaki, the last character in Satsuma is abbreviated. Date: Probably latter part of the Meiji (1868-1913) period.
367. Satsuma. Mark: Shimazu family crest; Satsuma; [last character is abbreviated]. 20th cent.
1265. Mark. Satsuma tsukuru.

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342. Mark: Satsuma under the Shimazu family crest. Taisho period (1912-1926).
927. Mark: Satsuma in Japanese hiragana characters (their native syllabary).
61. Mark: Satsuma, modern mark dated 1979
417. Mark: Satsuma, modern mark, c. 1980s.

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1259. Mark, stamped Satsuma under the Shimazu family crest, c. 1947. These were mass produced during this time and sold to western military personnel on the bases and to visitors and tourists.

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1260. Mark, stamped Satsuma under the Shimazu family crest, c. 1947. These were mass produced during this time and sold to western military personnel on the bases and to visitors and tourists.

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Seikozan
472. Satsuma. Seikozan with Satsuma Mon above + Yasuda Co mark below. Meiji period (1868-1912)
623. Satsuma. Seikozan tsukuru Late 19th / First half 20th century.

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Seizan
353. Seizan, red mark. Meiji period (1868-1912)


Sekizan
622. Shimazu family crest; mark: Sekizan, probably late Taisho (1912-1926).

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Senzan
351. SENZAN, gold mark with 'mon' on black. Taisho period (1912-1926).
462. Satsuma. "Senzan"


Sessan
471. Satsuma. Satsuma Sessan Sei. Meiji period (1868-1912)


Setsuzen
350. SETSUZEN, gold mark with 'mon' and JAPAN in gold.


Shisan
344. Shimazu family crest; cartouche appears to read Shizan? Taisho period (1912-1926).


Shoko Takebe
Little is known about the artist Shoko Takebe besides that he is known to have decorated a number of pieces for the English merchant Thomas Blow. It is possible that an entire dinner service was completed, as a number of various sized plates have been noted.
465. Satsuma. Mark: Shoko Takebe. Meiji period (1868-1912).


Shozuzan
450. Satsuma. Shozusan (illegible).


Shuzan
1063. Mark: The Shimazu clan mark (Satsuma) above Shuzan zo meaning "Made by Shuzan" with a long u. The top character is shu or "excellent, surpassing", the second is zan (or yama, "mountain"), the third is zo or "made". Date between 1915 to 1925.

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479. Satsuma. Mark: Shuzan
361. Left: Shimazu family crest followed by cartouche reading "Shuzan"; right cartouche reads "Shozan". Meiji period (1868-1912).
460. Satsuma. Mark: Shuzan Meiji period (1868-1912)
463. Satsuma. Mark: Shuzan. Meiji period (1868-1912)


Taizan
The first generation of Taizan potters worked circa 1673 to 1680. The family specialized in tea utensils, blue glazed pottery, porcelains with celadon glazes and pottery with overglaze enamels. Taizan VII died c. 1875. In 1872 the well-known and important Kyoto manufacturer Taizan VIII started to export of their products together with Kinkozan IV. The company name was Obi-ya. (Tai is another reading of the character Obi.) Takahashi Yohei, Go (art name) Taizan, was the head of the 9th and last generation of the Takahashi family of Awata potters. Under him the family produced mainly if not entirely for the export market, in particular to America where his products were and still are sought after. The Taizan kiln appears to have closed around 1894. However in 1895 and 1901 reports have it that Taizan is still working "on a comparatively small scale". The production seems to have been maintained until 9th Taizan (Yohei) died in 1922. During the end of the Meiji period and into Taisho, Taizan decorated blanks from Kinkozan, Izumo Wakayama, etc. Pieces occurs that has both Kinkozan and Taizan markings where generally the Kinkozan mark is impressed in the piece itself and the Taizan mark is written. The firing of enamel decoration is an uncomplicated process compared to firing ceramics and could have been done anywhere. In 1922 the 9th Taizan Yohei died which seems to have meant the end to the production.
467. Satsuma. Dai Nippon Taizan Sei. This mark: Meiji period (1868-1912)
1268. Impressed mark: Taizan. Date: Meiji period (1868-1912), around 1905-1910 in age.

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1269. Impressed mark: Taizan. Date: Meiji period (1868-1912), around 1875-1890 in age.

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1270. Mark: Taizan. Date: Meiji period (1868-1912), around 1910 in age.

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1271. Mark: Dai Nippon Taizan Sei. Date: Meiji period (1868-1912), tentative date c. 1880.

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1273. Mark: Dai Nippon Taizan Sei. Date: Meiji period (1868-1912), Taizan Yohei IX, tentative date c. 1880.

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1272. Mark: Dai Nippon Taizan Sei. Date: Meiji period (1868-1912), Taizan Yohei IX.

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1274. Mark: Dai Nippon Taizan Sei. Date: Meiji period (1868-1912), Taizan Yohei IX. Tentative date, late Meiji.

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533. Mark: Dai nippon Taizan sei


Takeuchi
464. Satsuma. Mark: "Takeuchi". Cartouche with Shimazu circular family crest above name.


Tomo
1086. Mark: Below the circular "Shimazu" crest, a single kanji character which could be read as "Tomo" or "Tomonai". Date: Meiji (1868-1912) period, 1868-1900.

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Uchida
345. Cartouche reads Uchida


Yasuda Kyoto Tokiji Goshigaisha - Yasuda Co.
Pieces from the company Yasuda Kyoto Tokiji Goshigaisha usually have the full name of the company plus the trademark. The best known & most regarded of the artists working for this company was Ryozan. Another artist was Seikozan.
472. Satsuma ware. Yasuda Co mark below the signature of Seikozan under a Satsuma Mon. Meiji period (1868-1912)


Recent Additions
1321. Tea set, dragon ware with lithophane, probably decorated in Hong Kong. Tentative date 1960s.

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1228. Vase. Tentative date Meiji period (1868-1912).

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820. Shimazu family crest. Probably mid 20th century.

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446. Satsuma. Mark: Shimazu family crest above cartouche, reading: Satsuma Hekizan/Hyakuzan. The two characters to the right read "Satsuma". The bottom left is usually "zan", rather than "yama". Taisho period (1912-1926).
529. Satsuma. Two characters to the right - Nippon, Two central characters - Satsuma, Two left hand characters - yaki i.e. product, Final character ... ?

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710. Satsuma.

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711. Satsuma.

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781. Satsuma. Shimazu circular family crest above name. Suggested date c. 1960's

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762. Satsuma ware. "Dai Nippon Tsukuru". It is generally accepted that marks that includes "Dai Nippon" in Japanese characters on the whole date to the Meiji (1868-1912) period, reflecting the greatly increased nationalism of that period.

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811. Japanese porcelain figure. Mark: Red stamped 'Shimazu' crest and "Made in Occupied Japan". Date 'OJ' period (1945-52).

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490. Dai Nippon Koda tsukuru, or Dai Nippon Mukoda tsukuru. The characters to the right are unread. Satsuma pottery of the Kyoto School. Popular export ware. Late Edo/Early Meiji period 1868-1912 c. 1865.

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615. Dai Nippon ... tsukuru. It is generally accepted that marks that includes "Dai Nippon" in Japanese characters on the whole date to the Meiji (1868-1912) period, reflecting the greatly increased nationalism of that period. This mark tentatively. Late 19th / First half 20th century.

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1162. Tentative date due to family history, around 1913.

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468. Satsuma. Right hand line reads Dai Nippon. Bottom left character is "zo".
469. Satsuma. (Illegible)
1341. Pair of vases, "Kyoto Satsuma" style. Same symbol on both and one of the pair, marked "Right". Date likely 1920-30.

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873. Mark: "Right, 5". Japanese porcelain. Satsuma looking ware. Possible 1920-30.

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821. Mark: "Right, 6". Japanese porcelain. Satsuma looking ware. Possible 1920-30.
971. Mark: "Right, 10". Possible a mark indicating the place of the vase within a set. Japanese porcelain. Satsuma looking ware. Possible 1920-30.

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970. Mark: "Right, 14". Possible a mark indicating the place of the vase within a set. Japanese porcelain. Satsuma looking ware. Possible 1920-30.

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1240. Mark: "Right" plus a character possible "Gold". Kyoto Satsuma ware. Date: Family history suggests 1950s.

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741. Tentative date c. 1910's.

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727. The two right hand characters read Gizan (probably the artists signature), the third character reads Satsu or Sassuru but not as the first character used on Satsuma earthenware. Kyoto Satsuma, Mid 20th century, after 1940. See also #431.

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746. The two right hand characters read Gizan (probably the artists signature), the third character reads Satsu or Sassuru but not as the first character used on Satsuma earthenware. Kyoto Satsuma, Mid 20th century, after 1940.

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486.
174. First half of the 20th century. Satsuma looking crackled glazed pottery.
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715. Stamped mark "Dai Nippon ... tsukuru", under a Shimazu family crest. It is generally accepted that marks that includes "Dai Nippon" in Japanese characters on the whole date to the Meiji (1868-1912) period, reflecting the greatly increased nationalism of that period. This mark: Probably c. 1910-30. Not real "Satsuma ware", which is earthenware.

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687. Satsuma style mark on porcelain body. Not real "Satsuma ware", which is earthenware. Possibly late 20th century.

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1339. Porcelain ewer "dragonware" on crackled Kyoto Satsuma style porcelain ware. Mid 20th century.

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822. Japanese porcelain in Satsuma style. Mark looks like "Rei" which could be a person's name but also means "polite". Shape suggests 1920-30's. Porcelain of this type were made in huge volumes, often in 144 piece sets.

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1092. Shimazu family crest and makers signature. Tentative date around 1940s.

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1367. Vase. Mark Dai Nippon ... Date Meiji period (1868-1912), my guess, the later part of Meiji.

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The gotheborg.com marks page was originally initiated by a donation of marks from the collection of Karl-Hans Schneider, Euskirchen, Germany in July 2000. The section have since then been greatly extended by a large number of contributing collectors. A big thank you goes among others to Sandra Andacht who are to be credited with some of the good information that makes this page interesting. Additional translations by John Wocher and I & M Heriot.