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Subject:Signature on Japanse Satsuma vase
Posted By: Martin Michels Tue, Aug 29, 2017 IP:

Someone mailed me for info about this beautiful Japanese Satsuma vase.
In my opinion it's a late Edo, early Meiji vase with signature 夫一 which can mean "otto ichi" = husband 1 (????) or something like Fuichi, Fuitsu or Fukazu. Fakazu is the only name which came up with these characters in the Japanese name dictionary.

So is Fukazu right? Or wrong? Or do I misread the first character 夫 and is it something else?

Any opinion will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance,

Subject:Re: Signature on Japanse Satsuma vase
Posted By: Bokaba Wed, Aug 30, 2017

Very interesting vase Martin. I agree at least early Meiji Period. I haven't seen much pre-Meiji Satsuma, not that it didn't exist. Can you make out the Kanji in the red seal? The overglaze blue enamel is quite an unusual mark I think. The design is multiple double gourds to contain much good luck/magic.


Subject:Re: Signature on Japanse Satsuma vase
Posted By: Martin Michels Thu, Aug 31, 2017

Thanks for your response and no, I can't make out the kanji in the red seal (Kakihan). I found something on the net about blue Shimazu circle with cross:

A blue Shimazu family crest (circle with cross) above the artist’s signature might indicate that this piece was possibly made for the Shimazu family itself, since blue was the color of the Shimazu clan.

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