Identifying A Ceramic Pot?

July 7, 2021

A decorated ceramic pot.I found this cute pot in a local thrift store but cannot identify what it might be. It is painted green on inside. The bottom is brown/black, no identifying marks, just a leftover tag from a previous sale. It appears to have a lot of etching and precise painting. Thanks in advance for sharing your knowledge!


A decorated ceramic pot.
The top of a decorated ceramic pot.
The bottom of a decorated ceramic pot.


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July 9, 20210 found this helpful
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It reminds me of Navajo pottery.
Traditional Navajo pottery usually has little or no design. Some pieces are decorated with appliques or designs etched or incised into the pottery. Melted pinon pitch is normally applied, giving it a glossy finish and making the pottery waterproof. Random gray and black markings on the pottery pieces are called fire clouds caused by direct contact with burning fuel during firing.


In traditional Navajo pottery, authenticity can usually be determined by the presence of the pitch glaze. Today's Navajo pottery is not confined to traditional methods and styles, and the craft is experiencing new and creative adaptations. But mostly Navajo pottery has signatures.

In the absence of a signature or maker's mark, this is most likely a Handcrafted Etched Southwestern Style Rotund Pot Vase.

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February 17, 2022

I inherited this from my Grandmother. She couldnt give details, but I know she got it while my family lived in New Jersey. Every piece is marked the same. The monk and dragon design contains both gold and silver.

It originally had 9 cups and saucers, but somehow 2 cups are missing. What might that marking say about the age, history, or price of the set?

A tea set with cups, sugar creamer and teapot.
The painted inside of a teacup.
The decorative teapot.
A decorative creamer.
A decorative sugar bowl.
A marking on the back of a piece of china.


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There is a mark: a circle with the cross in - the Shimazu family crest (the Shimazu mon). The Shimazu clan ruled the Satsuma province in Japan around the time that most of the original items were made. Use the ;


to find more information about Satsuma ware and marks.
Most original items have the maker's signature done by hand. Some more modern copies have the Shimazu crest, but they have been stamped or printed with a machine, they are most likely from mid to late 20th century and worth less value.
The Shimazu mon is accompanied by a signature or mark of the maker. The Kanji (Japanese symbols) will often be the name of the maker or sometimes a number, placing the piece as one of a series of potteries, designed to be displayed in a certain order.
There are no English words on the marking of your set. Many pieces made after the 1940's were marked with "Made in Japan'' or "Japanese Satsuma" on them.
From the beginning the use of the Shimazu mon was meaningful and had to be admitted by the Daimyo. In that case it was always painted in gusu blue, being the right color of the Shimazu mon (cobalt blue was not yet available in Japan). After the shogunate disintegrated and, consequently, no relation exists any longer between the production of pottery and the Shimazu family, the crest was frequently used as a trademark, regardless of its origin and merely as an indication that it is a satsuma-like product.

A crest that is depicted in black, gold or red therefore has no relationship with the Shimazu family and it always dates from a period after Edo. Authentic relationships with the Shimazu clan are always in gosu-blue, not in other colors.
One of the obvious differences between porcelain and earthenware pottery is that the former is very thin, which allows you to hold the item and tap it, producing a "ring" sound. Satsumaware is made from clay and earth, this means that they have thicker "walls" and the material will not allow a "ring" when tapped. You can test your Satsuma pieces yourself to see if they will produce a high pitched round when tapped. If you get a dull sound, then you are more likely to have genuine pieces.

One of the best ways to estimate the price is to look at what is selling and see if you can find something similar to your piece.

The price of a tea set Satsuma Japan porcelain cups dragons from the 19th century is 750 euros

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December 8, 2021

Hi, does anybody have any information on the stamp mark? I've searched the Internet and cannot find any info on the make/style/age of my pot.

Thank you in advance for any information.

An old decorative ceramic pot.
The maker's mark on the bottom of the pot.


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December 11, 20210 found this helpful
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Pretty colors! Unfortunately there is not enough of a picture or not enough pictures to really see the piece and determine if it older or newer. Crazing (what you see on the bottom) can be machine made to make a piece LOOK old but it was made yesterday, so it would help to see the edges of the piece--and all of the sides of the piece and lid.


That said, to figure out the mark, I belong to a Facebook group called Chinese Porcelain - Identification and Valuation. You can ask to join (follow all their rules) and either post the mark or look at all of the media already on there and find match. It is an awesome group and site. Although sometimes they get a bit snarky when someone insists their piece is very old, but those in the know try to educate them that it was made to look old and was probably made this year...but aside from that, I have learned a lot there and it a great site to lurk and learn!

This is one site where they will help you value the piece.

Post back what you learn! It has great colors!

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