Satsuma Bird in Flight Earrings - Birds
The buttons featured in these earrings were fashioned in the Japanese tradition of Satsuma pottery which was characterized by a cream-colored base decorated with an ivory crackle glaze. Kimonos don’t require buttons, so Japan started manufacturing these for export when they started trading with the west in the mid-nineteenth century. Satsuma buttons were fashionable between 1850 and 1950 and most often featured flowers, people in traditional dress, dragons, birds, and Japanese landscapes.
We think the birds depicted on these gorgeous buttons are some kind of fanciful duck.
In this piece:
- Mid-century Japanese Satsuma buttons with chrysanthemums
- Small antique brass buttons, circa 1880-90
- Faceted prehnite natural stone beads
- Brass bead caps
- Brass-plated pewter settings, made in the USA
- Hangs 2 1/4”
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