Yabu Meizan (d.1934 aged 82) was born the second son of the painter Yabu Choei in Osaka in 1853. In 1880 he established a studio decorating Satsuma ware for export, buying pottery blanks from makers like Chin Jukan of Kagoshima (see Lot 6) and Kinkozan of Kyoto (see Lot 22). He travelled a number of times to Europe and America to attend expositions, at which he received many awards, and to conduct market research. Yabu Meizan wares were marketed abroad through traders like Yamanaka Shokai and Samurai Shokai of Yokohama. The delicacy of his landscapes, flower, and figure paintings sets him above other Satsuma ware makers.