Early 20thC Enamel Painted Japanese Satsuma Stoneware Charger


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Object Description

The Japanese stoneware satsuma charger, painted in bright enamels and a slip glaze depicting a red octopus or kraken being hunted by three frogs with pampas grass as spears, the octopus clutching a lily, to a spotted ground and patterned rim with clouds and lozenges, the whole surviving from the early twentieth century.

Object History


Object Literature

There were innumerable small factories producing so-called Satsuma ware at this time although the majority of them were not in the Satsuma region at all but in and around Osaka and Kyoto. In Japan, an octopus is a symbol of someone who is handling a tremendous workload or handling multiple things at once.

We love the unusual and the octopus; so we love this charger.

Object Condition

In good overall order the charger has no losses or restorations to note of, the body with some decoration wear, crazing and general wear. It is a fairly heavy example.

Object Details

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By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44 (0)1767 640995
+44 (0)7729 213013

Dealer Location

The Onion Barn
Shoe Cottage
15 High Street
MK44 3NL

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