The mid-1880s saw the beginning of an export slump for many Japanese goods, including Satsuma ware, linked in part to a depreciation of quality and novelty through mass production.
The incredible popularity of Satsuma ware and the eagerness of collectors to find pre-Meiji pieces led some manufacturers and dealers to deliberately misrepresent items' age and origins.
Some sold other types of ceramics such as Awata or Seto ware as Satsuma.
Works are typically beautiful and intricate, featuring images of lush natural landscapes, elegant creatures, and serene depictions of everyday courtesan life.
The term "imari" is derived from the name of the port through which most of this...
Known for its colorful, intricate style, Korean-inspired Japanese imari porcelain often features white and blue backgrounds accented with vibrant orange-red and brilliant gold.
This is in direct contrast to the monochromatic, blue and white, Chinese-inspired Arita-style porcelain also popular in Japan.The "Dai Nippon" (大日本 'Great Japan') mark was applied to items during the Meiji period (1868–1912) as an indication of their place of origin during a period of fomenting nationalism.These characters often appear immediately to the right of the maker's mark.Their works are recognized for a "restrained style" and "sparing distribution of motifs." Painted themes were often taken from literary classics, heroic legends, or represented nostalgic renderings of life in pre-Meiji Kyoto.Early in the twentieth century these artists also began to incorporate western techniques and styles, including perspective and muted colours, It is placed above any signatures or stamps.The intense popularity of Satsuma ware outside Japan in the late nineteenth century resulted in an increase in production coupled with a decrease in quality.