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Japanese Kyo-Satsuma enamel decorated stoneware figure

Japanese Kyo-Satsuma enamel decorated stoneware figure


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Pre 1920: Item # 1115176
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An unusual and fun Satsuma style figural group. The brocade robe and jacket, the basket and accessories glazed and decorated with light blue, green, red, brown, black and gold enamel. The head, hands and feet as well as the base all unglazed biscuit. The figure appears to be a well-to-do merchant with basket and cane (the cane with missing section.) The figure's left hand holds an inro with netsuke. The figure's eyes and lips also enameled. Facial and hair details crisply incised and stippled. Morse Catalog number 3519 (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston accession #92.6254) comes to mind as a rough comparable from Yamashiro province with similar-to-consistent colored enamels and sensitivity and agrees geographically with the Kyoto-Satsuma style of the present figure (for which we are estimating age more conservatively at early 20th century.) In addition to the cane, distress is also evident with the hand holding the cane having been restuck and not so cleanly. It is difficult to be sure but the head may also have been restuck (very cleanly, if so, save for coloring consistent with that around the hand.) A presentable, highly decorative object. The coarse biscuit will lend itself well to professional restoration. Height 6 1/4 inches (15.875cm).