A late 19th/early 20th century Meniji period (1868-1912) hand painted Japanese Satsuma plate decorated with nobles, enriched with gilding.
Satsuma ware (薩摩焼 satsuma-yaki) is a type of Japanese earthenware pottery. It originated in the late 16th century, during the Azuchi-Momoyoma period, and is still produced today. Although the term can be used to describe a variety of types of pottery, the best known type of Satsuma ware has a soft, ivory-colored, crackled glaze with elaborate polychrome and gold decorations.
Satsuma ware originated when the Shimazu prince of the Satsuma domain in southern Kyushu abducted skilled Korean potters after Toyotomi Hideyoshi's Japanese invasion of Korea to establish a local pottery industry. After display at the international exhibition in Paris in 1867, it proved popular as an export to Europe