We are very proud to offer a fantastic Imperial Satsuma porcelain bowl mounted on Shreve sterling. This amazing painted Satsuma chalice bowl is attributed to Yabu Meizan, because it is typical of the very superior works of art that came out of his workshop in Japan from 1880 to 1920. We cannot see bottom because it is glued to the Shreve sterling mount. His hand painted Japanese Satsuma is the top tier of all Satsuma. It is said pieces like this were painted with a brush with only one bristle. Yabu Meizan (1853-1934) was an Imperial Court artist from 1880-1920. The bowl is 2.5 inches x 4.5 inches. With the sterling mount it is 7.25 inches tall. It has revolving bands of color created by hundreds of tiny (itsy bitsy) butterflies that are each and every one out-lined with painted gold. Interspersed are beautiful larger butterflies over painted all over. It is in its original and excellent condition with no flaws whatsoever. This bowl is too beautiful for words. The sterling mount is signed Shreve & Co., Sterling. It is impressed “base loaded”, which means it is weighted for stability.
Shreve & Company is an established retailer of jewelry, from timepieces to diamonds, headquartered in San Francisco, California. Incorporated in 1894 by George Rodman and Albert J. Lewis, it is considered the oldest commercial establishment in San Francisco. Bowls like this have sold for as much as $8,000. This is a rare and very beautiful Imperial Japanese Satsuma most likely painted by Yabu Meizan (attributed). A bowl very much like ours, mounted on the sterling by Shreve (1894-1908), is in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, gallery 774 (see last photo). Source: Wikepedia. A similar bowl recently sold at Bonhams, London, for $6,743.
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