Satsuma Chrysanthemum Necklace
We were lucky to find seven of the large Satsuma porcelain buttons featured in this delightful necklace. 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.
This button featured in this necklace is a bit larger than usual. It dates from the early to mid-twentieth century, and the gold-outlined chrysanthemum is a lovely example of a popular flower motif.
In this design, we accented the Satsuma button with a Victorian brass button festooned with an Asian themed wallpaper design depicting bamboo leaves and a dragonfly.
The pendant hangs from an intricate chain stylized with hand-wrapped rhyolite stone beads, marbled Czech glass beads, and vintage Czech carnelian glass links. It features a sliding clasp that enables you to adjust its length to suit any neckline. You can wear it as a choker, as a long pendant, or anywhere in between.
In this piece:
- Japanese Satsuma porcelain button dating early to mid-twentieth century
- Victorian concave brass button with all-over wallpaper pattern, circa 1880-90
- Hand-wrapped beads of rhyolite and marbled Czech glass
- Art Deco carnelian glass links made in Czechoslovakia in the 1930s
- Machine-turned brass connectors
- Pewter setting plated in antiqued brass, cast in Louisiana
- Small brass stamping made today in the USA in vintage dies
- Antiqued brass chain
- Length adjusts via a sliding magnetic clasp from a 15" choker to 32" long pendant
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