Antique Japanese Moriage Satsuma vase - Porcelain, enamel, ceramic - Meiji Period (1868-1912)
Beautiful, rare and large double orgy antique hand-painted Japanese porcelain satsuma vase with polychrome moriage decor of resting warriors on a lake on the one hand and a finely sculpted field of flowers on the other. Signed on the bottom, from the Meiji period. A masterpiece!
Moriage is the term used to describe the fine and delicate layering or arrangement of clay on pieces of pottery. In the case of Satsuma pottery, the clay was often added in small bumps, circles or cusps to decorate the piece. On a satsum vase, like here, you see small raised dots, often painted in a different color. These are the moriage layers that are slowly built up as the piece is made, fired during each layer, and then more raised areas are added before the piece is finished.
Beads are also used quite extensively on this style of pottery, with small dots of clay added to create raised bumps that are then painted when the piece is fired and completed. These raised areas on the pottery add to the overall design, making them more decorative and unique, compared to just a painted piece. The combination of hand-painted designs, moriage and beads make some of the Satsuma pieces highly collectible and valuable.
Status report: in good condition
These items are shipped via the official Belgian postal service BPost with track and trace and insurance in case of breakage or loss during transport, included in the shipping price.