This is a Satsuma Decorated Blank powder box dating from the 1930s. It has an interesting Art Deco design done in overglaze enamel of colors of stylized pink, blue and green flowers divided into six sections with gold paint lines dividing the sections. More of the same flowers surrond the body of the box. The rims of both the top and bottom of the box are done in gold paint which has rubbed off in many places - otherwise the condition is excellent. There is a gold painted round nob on the top of the box for use in lifting gh lid.
The box measures 4" diameter and is 2 " high with the lid on. The initials of the pottery painter are inside the box - "X-865-RAE". We date the piece to the period of 1915-1930s.
During the first world war, it was very difficult for Americans to find undecorated porcelain from Europe. As a result, undecorated Satsuma was imported from Japan. These were then decorated by American (and Canadian) artists, including many women who hand-painted the pieces at home. Art Nouveau and Art Deco motifs are often evident in these Satsuma decorated blanks. Today they are highly prized by collectors.
Art Deco (/ˌɑrt ˈdɛkoʊ/), or Deco, is an influential visual arts design style which first appeared in France in the 1920s, flourishing internationally in the 1930s and 1940s before its popularity waned after World War II. It is an eclectic style that combines traditional craft motifs with Machine Age imagery and materials. The style is often characterized by rich colors, bold geometric shapes, and lavish ornamentation.
"American Satsuma" hand painted artist signed masterpieces. Now for those not aware of American Satsuma, it's similar to Limoges in that it is hand painted with heavy enamel paints and was painted on either Japanese Satsuma pottery or porcelain and is raised enamel done around the turn of the century to the art Deco period. These are as valuable if not more valuable and rare than any Limoges pieces you will find.