19th Century Japanese Meiji Period Satsuma Lamp
This exquisite 19th Century Japanese Meiji Period Satsuma Lamp features a hexagonal bulbous form adorned with raised enamel and gilded decoration. The intricate design includes Japanese nobles, jasmine, and chrysanthemums - typical of elements found in the Satsuma palette.
The skill of the craftsmen who created the crisply cast gilt bronze base and mounts by Messengers is evident in their intricate designs and elevates the aesthetic appeal of this lamp adding opulence and timeless elegance. Satsuma ware remains beloved and these pieces are highly sought after by collectors and enthusiasts alike
Imagine the soft and warm glow of this exquisite Satsuma lamp illuminating a room; its Opaline Glass Globe adding to its allure whilst casting shadows and complementing the delicate Satsuma porcelain and refined and delicate crisply detailed cast gilt bronze mount - a true testament to the artistry of the Meiji period
1Satsuma ware from the Meiji period in 19th-century Japan
The name Satsuma comes from the region controlled by the Shimazu clan (officially Kagoshima and surrounding areas). Satsuma ware and lamps are exquisite pieces of Japanese earthenware and have captivated collectors and enthusiasts alike for centuries. Renowned for their rich history of intricate designs featuring hand painted details and decoration, liberal use of gold, and fine craftsmanship.
The early Meiji period (around 1885) marked the height of Satsuma ware’s popularity and the later mass-produced pieces lack the quality of these earlier works.
2The Meiji Era October 23, 1868 to July 30, 1912
The Meiji era was a time of enlightenment and change, propelling Japan into the ranks of world powers through its embracing of Western ideas and modernization and it marked a significant departure from the previous feudal order.
The Meiji era in Japan began with Emperor Meiji’s reign from October 23, 1868 and continued until July 30, 1912. During this pivotal time in Japanese history, Japan underwent a remarkable transformation characterized by significant changes as the country transitioned from an isolated feudal society at risk of colonization by Western powers to a modern, industrialized nation state and emergent great power. During this era, Japan embraced Western scientific, technological, philosophical, political, legal, and aesthetic ideas, leading to profound transformations in its social structure, internal politics, economy, military, and foreign relations.