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Fine Pair of Large Antique Meiji Japanese Satsuma Pottery Vases by Hattori (Code 2024)

  • £000


A pair of large and beautifully decorated satsuma ware vases dating to the Meiji period c1880. They are of tapered hexagonal form with rolled rims and each has two large panels hand painted with scenes. One face features fearsome samurai warriors with others kneeling, perhaps paying tribute. The other side features female characters, again with some in submissive pose. The pairing appears original with some mirroring, however the scenes also appear complimentary rather copies suggesting they are from a historical story or poem. The detailing and gilt lining is very fine as you can see and note the pink cherry blossom in the trees.

The vases are signed to the base for Hattori and also marked satsuma in Kanji. Hattori pieces are reasonably scarce and always of a high quality. Hattori concentrated on painterly styles with washes to provide naturalistic colour and extensive use of gilt, all as can be seen here. This factory was also noted for the first use of cobalt blue on satsuma ware.


Good examples, some gilt wear especially to the tops of the shoulders where the patterns are rubbed and around the bases. This due to handling and cleaning over the years and common on satsuma of this type. Fine crazing to the bodies as expected.

Measurements (Approx)

Height: 29.5 cm ( 11 1/2 inch)

Width: 16 cm ( 6 1/4 inch) max

Weight: 3740 grams (before packing).

Stock Code: 2024 FB20-1



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