Teapot with lid

Object Number: 
S-247.27ab
Date: 
ca. 1880
Medium: 
Tin-glazed earthenware
Dimensions: 
Overall: 5 x 5 1/4 x 2 in. (12.7 x 13.3 x 5.1 cm)
Marks: 
Underside of teapot is stamped with three Japanese characters: "kin", [possibly] "ko", and "zan".
Description: 
Small rectangular teapot with straight sides, lid, and spout surface, and with s-scroll applied handle; teapot decorated with ivory background and painted with red, brown, and green scenes of cranes, chrysanthemums, dyanthus flowers, and silver grass, all accented by painted gold clouds; spout and handle are decorated with foliate sprays; lid structured in pyramidal form and has gold-painted squared handle.
Gallery Label: 
This teapot is example of Kyoto Satsuma ware. Hallmarks may indicate the decorator's workshop, possibly located in Kyoto where the teapot was produced. Satsuma pottery was one of the most popular types of Japanese earthenware manufactured for the export market. In Japan, chrysanthemum, dyanthus, and silver grass are symbols for autumn. This teapot is similar to S-247.16ab and may have been part of set at one time.
Credit Line: 
The Robert L. Stuart Collection, the gift of his widow Mrs. Mary Stuart
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group