Dating japanese pottery
These types of markings are more common on larger vases that form part of a set.
The piece may be marked as "Left 3", meaning that it should be positioned as the third item on the left-hand side.
I can usually spot this one by remembering the design of the marks below the horizontal like at the bottom.
Sometimes, the marks at the top can be hard to identify as they are quite small and have been created by a brush.
Even if you don't speak, read or write Japanese, the markings on pieces of Satsuma pottery can be quite easy to decipher, providing that you follow some simple rules.
Another way to find the marking yourself is to look at the large list over that the Gotheborg website.Obviously, a like this would be part of quite a large set.The centre item may have the main marking of the maker on if it is of sufficient providence.You will find that the word left or right is followed by a japanese number. Here are a few markings from images of pieces that have been sent to me via the Facebook page for this website (many thanks to those that sent them in and please come and "Like" us and join in).
I have also put a translation too of the makers name.The Zan marking can also be read or translated sometimes as "san" too.