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Japanese Satsuma Koro by Keida Masataro

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Japanese Satsuma Koro by Keida Masataro

Very fine Satsuma ceramic incense burner by the foremost potter from Kagoshima prefecture at the turn of the XXth century, Keida Masataro. The crackled creamy glazed body is decorated with different kinds of flowers painted in gold and color; the same flowers are depicted on the delicately pierced cover of the incense burner, surrounding a central golden chrysanthemum.
There are some very minor lacks to the gilt decor and a very faint crack on the side of the cover (as seen on the picture), but the condition of the koro is otherwise excellent. It bears the mark of Keida Masataro under the base, together with the characters for "Satsuma" and "Keida".
Dimensions: about 7 cm (2.8 in) high and 8.2 cm (3.2 in) in diameter
Keida Masataro was born in Kagoshima Prefecture in 1852. He succeeded his uncle at the Keida kiln in 1894 and tried to improve the quality of Satsuma ceramic wares, that tended to decline at that time. Some of his works were exhibited in the 1904 Saint Louis Exposition, where he gained fame. He died in 1924, aged 73.

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