Subject:Satsuma-mark Japanese Pottery Censer and Pair of Shishi bearing Vases
Posted By: Bill H Thu, Jan 31, 2019 IP: 2601:342:200:2191:a5
I found an attractive Satsuma-mark pottery group recently, consisting of a 6.25-inch high censer of square form, with four short feet, bulging sides, dragon handles, a cover with shishi finial, and a richly gilded figural motif. It came with two shishi bearing baluster vases with similar decoration, each a max height of six inches. The latter two pieces had been purchased with the censer in the 1970's, although the three items weren't originally a set, something the seller hadn't known until I informed her that the vase-bearing shishi and censer bore different marks, the shishi having six-character marks on their bellies of "Dai Nihon" (大日本) and what I take from online research to be the artist name Shougetsu (松月). The censer has a three character mark on its underside of what I think is "Made by Hattori" (服部造- Hattori Zo). Above each mark is the Satsuma crest represented by the circled cross, Photos below.
I'd appreciate confirmation of the transliteration of the Japanese names and any other comments. The pieces have a few condition problems, mainly some ill-considered restoration around the top rims, which was masked by black paint inside the mouth; the coating has begin to flake off. The shishi on the lid of the censer also appears to have a small repair at the very tip of his tail. But as a group, the pieces display rather well I think.
Best regards and appreciation for all comments,