Satsuma Lilies Bracelet
Satsuma Lilies Bracelet

Satsuma Lilies Bracelet

We were lucky to find five large Satsuma porcelain buttons featured in this delightful bracelet. These buttons were fashioned in the Japanese tradition of Satsuma pottery which is characterized by a cream-colored base decorated with an ivory crackle glaze. 

Kimonos don’t require buttons so Japan didn’t manufacture them until they started trading with the west in the mid-nineteenth century. Satsuma buttons, which were fashionable between 1850 and 1950, were primarily produced for export. They most often featured flowers, people in traditional dress, dragons, birds, and Japanese landscapes. 

The button in this piece dates from the early to mid-twentieth century, and the gold-outlined pink and orange lilies are a lovely example of a popular flower motif. 

In this piece:

  • Japanese Satsuma porcelain button with lilies, early to mid-twentieth century
  • Four hand-wrapped rhyolite beads
  • Two carnelian glass links made in Czechoslovakia from the 1930s 
  • Two hand-wrapped Czech marbleized glass beads
  • Brass lobster claw closure
  • Length is 7 1/2” to 8 1/2”

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