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About Satsuma - Japan

There is a fruit named after it, but to the Japanese, Satsuma refers to the ceramics that originate from the province in Kagoshima region of Kyushu, where Korean potters settled and produced this pottery in the mid-1800s until the 1920s. Then, a display at an international exhibition in Paris paved the way for Satsuma ware to become popular as an export to Europe. One of the most common shapes is a vase—it often comes in pairs—but it there are also pieces of plate, bowl, lamp and even tea sets. Satsuma pieces often have warm, yellow bases with elaborate drawings of images. Designs are often that of people or landscapes, and also some deities, plants, animals or other customary pictures. If you see a contemporary design, say not that of a Japanese lady, it’s not a Satsuma. Stunning pieces of this pottery are also available on eBay—that is if you can’t find them in vintage stores. If you fortunately have one among your prized heirloom, you’re lucky because these wares are highly prized by international collectors.