No phrase is commoner in the mouths of Western collectors than Old Satsuma; no ware is rarer in Western collections.
Mitsuhisa, then feudal lord of Satsuma, was a munificent patron of art.
The ware produced under these circumstances is still known by the name of Satsuma Tangen.
To this increase in production and to the more elaborate application of vitrifiable enamels may be attributed the erroneous idea that Satsuma faience decorated with gold and colored enamels had its origin at the close of the 18th century.
The ceramic art in Satsuma owed much to the aid of a number of Korean experts who settled there after the return of the Japanese forces from Korea.