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Antique Japanese Gyokuzan Satsuma Pottery Dragon Ware and Immortals Teapot (Code 1980)

  • £12500


A particularly elaborately decorated Japanese satsuma dragon ware teapot dating to the late Meiji period. It has a dragon head spout and knop. and is painted with immortals around the body. It uses moriage work for the white dragon scales and point decoration, all done by hand of course. The dragons head knop to the lid even has the teeth and tongue modelled. There is a further dragon to the body on low relief moriage clay and the handle is formed in the shape of the dragons tail. Quite heavily potted and clearly no expense spared with the decoration. Signed to a panel to the base for Gyokuzan.


Surprisingly good for period. One tooth missing from dragon knop and tips of horns lost. One horn tip missing to dragon head spout. Very little wear or gilt rubbing for the period. Clay darkened to inside of lid, possibly on purpose or through the multiple firings required to produce an item like this.

Measurements (Approx)

Height: 14 cm ( 5 1/2 inches )

Width: 9.8 cm ( 3 7/8 inches ) across body

Weight: 420 grams (before packing).

Stock Code: 1980 JA20-1



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