This unusual full-bodied Satsuma bowl rests on a square base, its brilliant
exterior a surround of lively koi swimming in waters behind a gilt
rendered in relief. The bowl is formed with a delicately turned lip, its interior
border composed of textiles and ornate fans. On the bowl's interior, a group
of three uniquely-formed cartouches are surrounded by a dense sprinkling of sakura.
A colorful songbird perches on a sakura branch overlooking a quiet lake in one
cartouche, pavilions rest beside placid waters under the glow of the moon in
another and in the the third, Hotei engages in animated conversation with a toad and
badger. This fabulous bowl describes in its limited space the Japanese high regard for
humor and love of nature.
It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks or restoration.
Meiji Period, Japan