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Vase - Satsuma Style, Butterflies & Insects, Kin Kozan, Japan, early Meiji Period, 1872-1880 Object Reg. No: HT 22641

Satsuma vase decorated with gilded and high relief modellings of insects, butterflies and flowers, manufactured by Kinko-zan, Kyoto, Japan, in the early Meiji period (1872-1880).

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.

The Kinko-zan family were associated with the production of Awata ware (a precursor of Satsuma) from the mid-Edo period (18th century). Kinko-zan Sobei VI (1824-1884) began to incorporate elements of Satsuma ware into the company's productions from 1872; this ware became known as Kyoto Satsuma ware.

In 1873, the Meiji government sent a display of this ware to the Vienna International Exhibition, where it was awarded a prize. The family's ceramic ware was subsequently exhibited and recognised with awards at numerous International Exhibitions, including at Sydney (1879), Paris (1889) and Chicago (1893), among other exhibitions.

Kinko-zan Sobei VII (1868-1927) continued the family business upon his father's death in 1884. At this time, the Kinko-zan workshop, located in Awata-guchi, was the largest in the area with over 200 artists.
Cream vase in shape of tree trunk, painted all over with insects and butterflies. Two moulded flower buds in lilac and green attached to vase's side. Opening to side of neck not top.
Acquisition Information:
Tax Donation from Dr Will Twycross, 2009
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 215 mm (Height), 100 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: exhibitions melbourne international 1880-1881, royal exhibition building, japanese art, decorative arts, ceramics, -1
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, John Twycross Melbourne International Exhibitions Collection
Secondary Classification: International Exhibitions
Tertiary Classification: exhibition heritage
Inscriptions: Kanji painted in gilt on lower edge at front of vase and Kanji marks and raised spiral moulded on underside of base: Kinko-zan Zou (Made by Kinko-zan)
Manufacturer: Kinko-zan Sobei, Kyoto, Japan, 1872-1880
Place & Date Exhibited: Royal Exhibition Building (REB), Carlton, Victoria, Australia, 1880-1881
Collector: Mr John Twycross, Elsternwick, Victoria, Australia, 1881

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