A finely decorated Japanese gilt Satsuma tripod teapot painted with a panel of four Japanese samurai in a temple, and an alternate panel with a conforming scene of four Japanese women, on a background of geometric designs. The base of the teapot is signed. Measures: 4 ½ x 5 x 6 inches.
Satsuma ware is a style of Japanese earthenware originally from the Satsuma region of what is today southern Kyūshū. There are two distinct categories of this ware: The original plain dark clay early Satsuma made from circa 1600 and the elaborately decorated ivory-bodied pieces, which began to be produced in the 19th century as export products. By adapting their gilded polychromatic enamel overglaze designs to appeal to the tastes of western consumers, latter made Satsuma ware became one of the most recognized and profitable export products of the Meiji period (1868 - 1912).