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Large 10" Satsuma Flower Arranger "Ikebana"/ Unknown Age and Maker

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    Posted 4 years ago

    mikelv85
    (1145 items)

    I found this piece at Salvation Army this morning. Not really sure what it is, but it's very pretty. Obviously Japanese Satsuma in style. It appears to be a base for something. maybe a large jardiniere or bowl of some type. It measures 10" in dia. on the top, 5" high and the bottom flares to 12.5 which rests on three feet along the scalloped bottom edge.. "The hole in the middle and the open bottom seem designed to drain water and there are a few water stains as well. Although it's not flat but slightly concaved on top. Beautifully decorated around the side with gilded moriage and four floral panels that repeat opposite each other. It's quite sturdy and heavy so it was designed to take some weight. Not knowing what to call it makes searches online fruitless. There are no marks of any kind that I could see. It's in really great condition and does seem to have some age to it. Lots of natural craquelure to the green surfaces. So who knows what this "whatzit" is and what's it called ?? -Mike-

    NOTE: 9/16/16
    Many thanks to NB and his wife for ID'ing this piece as a Japanese flower arranger known as an "Ikebana" It's only missing the interior liner to support the flowers and hold water.

    NOTE: 9/19/16
    A closer look by my fellow vendor from the antique mall turned up some odd gold markings on one of the feet of the base. They kind of look like hieroglyphics . Very strange....so it is marked but what does it mean ?? Another mystery !

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    Comments

    1. mikelv85 mikelv85, 4 years ago
      Thanks Thomas...well sometimes I do find great stuff but not always. This particular Salvation is newer and in the more upscale part of town. So what people donate can surprise you. :)
    2. kyratango kyratango, 4 years ago
      Beautiful!!!
      Don't know either, but maybe NevadaBlades will :-)
    3. mikelv85 mikelv85, 4 years ago
      Thanks Kyra :)...ah yes, you are right. I forget about NB. I remember Shrine used to help me out occasionally. Haven't seen any of his posts in a while though.
    4. Ivonne Ivonne, 4 years ago
      Maybe a part of umbrella stand?I guess it's just one part of two part facility.
    5. mikelv85 mikelv85, 4 years ago
      It's anyone's guess Ivonne but if the top was meant to be covered with another piece why glaze it. Then there's that mysterious hole in the middle...very strange. :)
    6. Ivonne Ivonne, 4 years ago
      More questions than answers...I think your item is a top.Heater?
    7. NevadaBlades, 4 years ago
      My wife says it's a vase for Japanese flower arranging, called IKEBANA in Japanese. It's missing the plastic or wooden interior vase or bowl that fits through the bottom hole. The missing interior bowl would have had either a clay-type putty or Styrofoam to stick the flower and plant stems into for arranging them into an aesthetic design. Hope this helps. [;>)
    8. mikelv85 mikelv85, 4 years ago
      Many thanks to you and your wife NB . I'm so pleased it's not really missing anything of artistic importance. I'm sure I can find something appropriate. Now I just need to find out how old it is and possibly the maker. I think it could be from the Mieji era. I took it to the antique shop and my friend did spy some odd gold markings on one of the feet but I couldn't really decipher enough to look it up on Gotheborg's porcelain site. I'll have to post the picture and see if your wife can make anything out of them. She's a gem ! :)
    9. NevadaBlades, 4 years ago
      Glad to be of some help. A diamond in the rough, she is! [;>)
    10. Rick55 Rick55, 4 years ago
      It's so beautifully decorated Mike! What a wonderful find!
    11. mikelv85 mikelv85, 4 years ago
      Thanks Rick :)..I have this posted on The Asian Arts Forum to see if any of the experts weigh in on a possibly maker or age. I think it's Meiji era which is just before the turn of the century to 1912 or so. We shall see.

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