Satsuma Irises Earrings
Satsuma Irises Earrings

Satsuma Irises Earrings

These tiny 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 buttons featured in these earrings are a bit smaller than usual. They date from the early to mid-twentieth century, and the gold-outlined irises are a lovely example of a popular flower motif. 

In these earrings:

  • Two Japanese Satsuma porcelain buttons, early to mid-twentieth century
  • Brass-plated pewter settings, made in Louisiana
  • A fringe of antiqued brass chain and cranberry glass beads
  • Nickel-free and lead-free brass euro wire closures
  • Hang 2 3/8”

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