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    Posted 5 years ago

    Debbie80
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    This Satsuma 6" tall vase has a backstamp I was able to identify on Gotheborg.org...The 2 characters directly under the sun (left to right) read "Nippon"...the 2 characters under that (vertical), read "Nippon Tokusei", which translates "Japanese special made". The 2 characters offset to the side is probably the name of the factory. This backstamp is related to the Showa reign in Japan, 1926-1988; this particular piece is considered "late Showa" (after 1945, considered the Nippon revival period). The sun beams are more evenly spaced in late Showa marks than in early Showa. Also, late Showa can have a more screen printed look in the outline design. This vase dates to the 50's...not as old as I thought. Gotheborg is a wonderful resource.

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    Comments

    1. mikelv85 mikelv85, 5 years ago
      Newer but still beautiful ! :)
    2. Debbie80 Debbie80, 5 years ago
      Agreed! But you know, the pre WWII wares have a better workmanship quality to them, I think. There are obvious reasons for that. We had to hit Japan hard in the war...to end the war. I believe I read the Nagoya factory was wiped out. I find the whole history of Nippon, fascinating. How did Japan go from being an over 200 year, isolationist country to the opposite; an imperialist....in such a short period of time? They sure did an "about face".
    3. wexval, 5 years ago
      Debbie, we can blame it on ourselves (U.S.). This will explain it:
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perry_Expedition
    4. guss, 5 years ago
      Angry Faces I think is the theme. I have a tea set Occupied japan
    5. Debbie80 Debbie80, 5 years ago
      Thanks wexval, for information. I think the older we get, the more appreciation we have for history...a lot we can learn from it. Too bad it keeps repeating itself, though. Guss, first I've heard of an angry faces theme...thanks. I'm new to this Nippon collecting.

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