Today’s collectors sometimes call this type of Satsuma “Woolworth Satsuma,” and it has little appeal to serious collectors of more artistically made Satsuma wares. Unfortunately, the two vases in today’s question were not “quite old” when M.H.’s mother purchased them in 1946. Instead, they were maybe 20 years old.
The marks on the bottom are by the persons who painted them, and because they were different individuals, that is why there is a slight difference in the two.
Checking current auctions, we find that vases such as this pair often do not do as well as one might expect. Our pieces are brightly decorated in a style that immediately identifies them as being from the late second quarter or early third quarter of the 20th century. They have nice clay cording down the side and the painted figures are somewhat crude, but attractive.
We feel these Satsuma vases should be valued at retail in the $400-to-$500 range for the pair.