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An Important Satsuma Bowl - Imperial Quality - Hozan

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An Important Satsuma Bowl - Imperial Quality - Hozan
This is without a doubt the finest Satsuma bowl we have ever had the pleasure of owning. The bowl is clearly of Imperial quality and even has the dragon (symbolic of the Emperor) and the Phoenix (Ho-O bird) (symbolizing the Empress) on the sides of the bowl. The design in the center of the bowl is that of two phoenix birds in a standing position facing each other with their wings stretched upward. Their gold and green tail feathers then stretch downward to make a frame for a beautiful flower. Around the upper rim we find eight geometric lappets with a nice separation to further highlight the central design. On the sides is a large band of foaming waves done totally in the expensive and highly prized Gosu Blue enamel - these form a base for the dragon and Ho-o bird that extend around opposite sides of the bowl. In the middle of the raised base is the signature in raised gold and the gosu blue cross in a circle that was reserved for the very finest pieces by the Shimazu clan. The signature has been translated as - "Dai Nippon (Great Japan) - Satsuma Yaki - Ishuin - Hozan" The artist Hozan's work is considered to be on a par with that of Yabu Meizan and the finest quality pieces from the Kinkozan workshop. The bowl measures 7" diameter at the top - 3 1/2" at the bottom of the raised foot - and 4" high at the rim. Superb condition with no cracks, hairlines or restorations and date it to the period of 1880-1900. There are very, very few examples of Golden Age Satsuma that can compare to this bowl.

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