Antique Japanese Satsuma pottery group of three fu-dogs wrestling. Each of the three seems to be attacking another in this playful scene. A medium sized fu-dog lays with it’s back on the ground, fending off the largest of the group who, in turn, has a smaller fu-dog biting his ear. The overall modeling gives off a feeling of whimsical turmoil and one can almost hear the playful snarls as they bite at each other’s ears and toes. Details like ringlets of fur are painted on with gold, red and black pigments. There are some minor repairs to a few of the tips. Minor natural crackling in both the clay and glaze are the prized result of being kiln fired. Signed on the belly of the middle fu-dog by the famous Satsuma ceramicist, Tо̄gо̄ Jukatsu. 薩摩玉明山
Tо̄gо̄ Jukatsu sei.
Tо̄gо̄ Jukatsu, also known as Jukatsu Boko was the descendant of a Korean potter who had been brought to Japan during the 16th century Imjin War. He studied Naeshirogawa-yaki in Ijūin, Hioki (in what is now Kagoshima Pref.). He was also a successful businessman selling Satsuma in Japan as well as to foreigners. His Satsuma pieces have been exhibited with the 1st National Ceramic Industry Association in 1901 as well as currently at the Tokyo National Museum.
Age: Meiji Period (1868-1912)
Dimensions: 8 1/4″ high x 8″ wide x 5″ deep