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Antique Satsuma Ware Well Bucket

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Antique Satsuma Ware Well Bucket
This Satsuma ware decorative object is a well bucket style (also known as a T-vase) crafted in the Meiji Period (probably about 1885) by Osumi potters. It is most distinguished by its soft blue-gray Gosu blue ground. This blue was replaced by a more intense cobalt blue on Satsuma ware at the end of the 19th Century. There are two large roundels on opposite sides of the bucket set off with a broad gilt band. In the first, are feudal lords making eye contact with a finely dressed young woman. The lords, with gilt hats, fans and trays, are in long elaborate robes of brocade in Indian red, white and pink (mid-19th C. soft color) also outlined in raised gilt. The second roundel features karako (children) also elaborately costumed with gilt designs in the same colors playing a game. The figures in both scenes are minutely detailed with finely executed lines. Nishikide diapers (polychrome enamels which cover a surface) run down the outside of the bucket straps and top of the bucket. The diamond pattern with dot/streak interior is known as 'cloves in flower' and the raised dots in tortoise-shape patterns are named for a Chinese textile. Other enamel and gilt decorations include: stylized flower heads and Paulownia flower on the T-bar and large stylized butterflies with some jeweling that connects the roundels to the diapers. Of course, the object is covered with small fine crackle (seen in strong light) and the well bucket is made of a cream colored pottery. The object has been restored. More pictures, history, description and references available on our website. Size: ~ 12 1/2" H x 6 1/4"; Weight: ~ 3 1/2 pounds (~ 1560 grams)

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