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Kyo-Satsuma dish with landscape using westernized perspective

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earthenware, underglaze painting

  • earthenware

    Ceramic material made of clay which is fired to a temperature of c.1000-1200⁰c. The resulting ceramic is non-vitreous and varies in colour from dark red to yellow.

  • underglaze painting

    Painting applied to ceramic material before a transparent, or monochrome or coloured glaze for Islamic objects, is applied. The technique was initially developed in China.


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  • Japanese Decorative Arts of the Meiji Period 1868-1912 by Oliver Impey and Joyce Seaman

    Japanese Decorative Arts of the Meiji Period

    Earthenware plate decorated with a landscape in westernized perspective, in detailed polychrome enamels with underglaze blue and gilding, within a lobed border. The image signed: Itsuzan. Signed under the base, a seal-mark in underglaze blue within a gold key fret border Kinkōzan zō. With an iron red seal: Chokusai. A further factory label in English.

    The Kinkōzan factory was an old one, having made Kyō-yaki for several generations. The sixth generation master, modernized the Kyōto factory, specializing in high quality Satsuma-style decorated wares. His son, Sōbei VII (1868-1927), succeeded his father in 1884. In this fairly typical plate, of excellent quality, it is interesting to see how the painter (presumably Itsuzan) has not quite understood European geometric perspective, for though there is recession vertically, there is no fixed viewpoint, and the eye is always at a right-angle to the horizontal area, just as if viewing a Japanese screen.

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