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A Japanese Satsuma Teapot with Dragon - Meiji

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A Japanese Satsuma Teapot with Dragon - Meiji
Here we have a striking mid to late Meiji Satsuma teapot with a dragon encircling the body of the piece. The globular round body of the teapote has beautifully painted nature scenes - one is of a golden bird pertched on a large craggy rock that is excecuted in the mucn prized gosu blue - it is surrounded by flowers in red and white flowers and a large branch of a plum flowering plum tree.

The other side has a design of three large flowers with both blue and green leaves - these are also sprouting from a large gosu blue rock.

The neck of the teapot us completely encircled with a large dragon - its body wraps around the neck twice - then the long neck and head of the dragon form the pouring spout and the tail of the dragon forms the handle of the teapot.

At the top there is a nishidike geometric design just under the small rounded top of the pot. The cover that inserts into the teapot has another geometric design and the finial sports a golden sixteen petal kiku chrysathemum - the symbol of the emperor. It is surrounded with gold, blue and red ruyi heads.

The bottom of the teapot ends in another band of geometric design done in red, gold and blue. In the middle of the base of the pot is the blue circle with cross of the Duke of Satsuma and a two character raised gold signature of the artist. The artist's name has been translated as "Setsuzan". The teapot measures 9 3/8" high - is 7" from the back of the handle to the tip of the spout - the body is 5 3/8" diameter at its widest - the top is 2" diameter and the base is 3" diameter. The piece is in excellent condition. There is one tiny chip to one of the claws - we had to search to find that. We date the teapot to the mid to late Meiji period, circa 1875-1895.

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