Satsuma is a Japanese pottery with a distinctive creamy beige crackled glaze. (these have the creamy beige crackled glaze) Most of the pieces were decorated with blue, red, green, orange, or gold. (These are primarily blue and gold) Almost all Satsuma found today was made after 1860, especially during the Meiji Period, 1868-1912.
One characteristic of earlier pieces, however, is a high-quality glaze and finish. Another telling feature of genuine pieces is that their bodies do not ring when tapped. (these do not ring...they kind of plunk)
Painted themes were often taken from literary classics, heroic legends, or represented nostalgic renderings of life in pre-Meiji Kyoto. Early in the twentieth century these artists also began to incorporate western techniques and styles, including perspective and muted colors, as well as the use of liquid gold (水金 suikin?), which was originally developed by Germany's Meissen.
Picture on these is called "The Musicians", There is a number and some markings in a red box but I cannot read it nor have I been able to find one on line.
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