Miniature Satsuma style vase enamelled in gold, russet, blue and silver signed Ryu-zan. Manufactured in Japan during the early Meiji Period (1868-1880).

The style of painting on this vase is known as Kinran-de (gild on). The scenes depicted are those of entertainment and leisure for the upper classes of Japanese society during the Edo (1600-1867) period, and include landscape views of ocean, mountains and cherry blossoms. Kinran-de pottery, with designs of this kind, are rarely seen in Japan and were almost exclusively produced for export markets.

Satsuma ware is a type of Japanese ceramic pottery, also known as 'Satsuma porcelain'. The term can be used to cover a variety of ceramics, but is often used to describe a style identified by its rich gold and polychrome decoration. The technique developed during the sixteenth century, following the Japanese invasion of the Korean Peninsula, when Korean potters were brought back to Japan to establish a pottery industry. Satsuma ware was introduced to a Western market following the exhibition of examples at the 1867 Paris International Exhibition, at the end of the Edo period, and very quickly gained an appeciation outside of Japan.

Physical Description

Miniature Vase. Rounded tapering cylindrical vase with gilded decoration and two panels showing upper class people of the Edo (1600-1867) period.

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