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    Posted 5 months ago

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    Kiriko is the Japanese name for cut glass and the most widely known is Edo Kiriko. Edo Kiriko is made in Tokyo by a number of glass cutters, and is based around traditional patterns from the period when Tokyo was known as Edo. Edo Kiriko has been in production continually from early 19thC until now, although it has evolved.
    This glass is Satsuma Kiriko, a much rarer form of cut glass and one with a difficult history. Satsuma Kiriko was originally made only by the Satsuma clan of Kyushu, and was developed and supported by the feudal lord Shimazu Narioki from around 1820 and continued by his son Shimazu Nariakira. However when Nariakira died in 1854 the production of Satsuma Kiriko ceased and the factory and records of production were lost.
    Attempts were made by Kamei during the 1980s to replicate Satsuma Kiriko and start production again, but the attempts were difficult and expensive and resulted in Kamei closing due to bankruptcy.
    A small company called Shimadzu succeeded replication by around 1990, and since then it has been the largest producer of modern Satsuma Kiriko.
    So how is Satsuma different to other kiriko? Essentially it comes down to the angles of the glass cuts that results in colours not having a clear edge but rather a fade, or have a slight aura around them. This is also possible because Satsuma Kiriko is heavier glass with thicker coloured layers so when the layers are cut at the correct angle one colour fades to another and has no distinct edge.
    The cutting angle is important and makes multiple cuts complex, and also complicates the polishing and finishing of the cuts.

    The Shimadzu Kiriko company is based on Kyushu in the region that was home to the Shimazu clan. They have perfected the art of Satsuma Kiriko and have developed known old patterns and much newer patterns also. The work is all hand made, from initial blowing through cutting to final finishing, so it is relatively expensive glass. Larger pieces, such as bowls, are well into multiple thousands of dollars to purchase.

    I only have two pieces of Satsuma Kiriko, one I purchased in Japan, and this recent arrival. Both are small sake glasses, each different.
    I will need to get a photo of my blue one but I hope this piece gives you an idea of Satsuma Kiriko.
    I like this one because of the way the red and blue fade, and the almost jewel-like finish to the item.
    It is only 5.6cm high but has a large presence!

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    1. Newfld Newfld, 5 months ago
      Magical kaleidoscopic beauty - totally awesome piece Karen, the cut glass process is sensational
    2. artfoot artfoot, 5 months ago
      An absolute jewel - nice pics.
    3. sklo42 sklo42, 5 months ago
      Magical, particularly the depths of image four!
    4. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 5 months ago
      Gorgeous design !~
    5. racer4four racer4four, 5 months ago
      Thanks Jenni, glad you like this one! It is a sensational glass style, I agree.
    6. racer4four racer4four, 5 months ago
      Thanks Harry. I think the story of Satsuma Kiriko is so Japanese, and the attention and time given to each piece is right in line with artisan canon.
    7. racer4four racer4four, 5 months ago
      Image 4 is pretty cool, thanks Peggy! The engraving with the Satsuma mark and Shimadzu is so tiny irl.
    8. racer4four racer4four, 5 months ago
      Thanks Phil!
    9. rhineisfine rhineisfine, 5 months ago
      Edo kiriko is gorgeous, but I think this is the first time I've seen Satsuma kiriko. Just gorgeous. Thank you for sharing this wonderful knowledge, and the photos of your exquisite piece.
    10. racer4four racer4four, 5 months ago
      Thanks Rhine. I have quite a bit of Edo Kiriko and the work and beauty in it is amazing. It is so nice to have even a little Satsuma Kiriko as counterpoint.
    11. kwqd kwqd, 5 months ago
      Nice. Just the opposite for me, Karen. I have several pieces of Satsuma and only one or two Edo pieces. I bought them all when I was trying to figure out the difference between the two styles. Not a huge fan of either style but do like some of the Bohemian cut stuff though some of it is a bit gaudy. Too bad that the Japanese are so fixated on kiriko to the detriment of other styles..
    12. racer4four racer4four, 5 months ago
      I agree that the Japanese focus on kiriko has possibly been to the detriment of their other art glass Kevin, but since export of glass died the domestic market it king, and kiriko is it.
      Thanks fr the comment, and stay well.
    13. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 months ago
      Such an incredible piece!! The colors and design are just amazing!
    14. racer4four racer4four, 5 months ago
      Thanks Scott and best wishes for next year!
    15. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 14 days ago
      This almost looks like a piece of fine jewelry, the colors! ( pic. 2)
      The cut glass is meticulously done by an exceptional artist!
      Just beautiful!

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