Main Stone Measurements/Color: 46.3 mm diameter, Opaque white hue with multi-colored paint. Stone Treatment: Porcelain is a manufactured stone. Stone(s) have been tested and guaranteed using a professional Presidium Duo refractive, heat, and hardness tester.
Item Measurements: The brooch measures 1.85" in diameter and 0.40" in depth. Pin/Brooch Style: Brooch, Lapel Pin, Hat Pin, Scarf Pin, Tie Pin. Closure Type: Pin Stem with Open "C" Clasp. Convertible to Pendant: If desired, your local jeweler can attach a bale to this piece, so it can be worn as a pendant. Handmade during the Art Nouveau era in Japan in the style of satsuma wear pottery.
The Art Nouveau era corresponds with the Meiji era of Japan. The porcelain was painted by hand to depict a dragon using white, deep blue, gold, red, pink, and green paint.
There is a beautiful crackling pattern on the paint that only occurs as the piece ages. A pin stem with an open "c" clasp allows this piece to be worn on a variety of accessories, including hats, scarves, and lapels, among many others. This listing is for the item only. This was very true due to the gorgeous designs that came out of this period.
This era focused on women, and the beauty of nature and the pieces were often large. Enamel was a standard material used in Art Nouveau jewelry as the period was more about the importance of the design over the materials used to create it.The Art Nouveau period happened before the start of the first World War, when mass manufacturing took over the production of many products, including some jewelry. Porcelain is a ceramic material that is very suitable for creating beautiful tableware and jewelry. It is a hard, heat resistant, opaque ceramic, which makes it a wonderfully tough decorative material.
In jewelry the porcelain pieces were/are painted and glazed and set in brooches, earrings and necklaces. It can be glazed for a lovely shine, or left unglazed for a more earthy, natural look. Unglazed porcelain is called biscuit porcelain, which was popularized by Wedgwood, the British ceramic company. Porcelain served as a popular "canvas" for miniature portrait painting in the 19th century. The Meiji era is a period of Japanese history which began in 1868 and lasted until 1912.During this era, radical changes began to occur throughout Japanese society, which saw a shift away from isolationism and feudalism to a society influenced by European and North American political systems. As well as adopting Western styles of government, Meiji Japan was also influenced by Western culture, including architecture, fashion, and jewelry. Jewelry from the Meiji era is unique from earlier Japanese pieces, as well as jewelry from the West, representing Japans attempts to redefine itself as a world power while still retaining its traditional culture and practices. Intricate work with bronze and cloisonné enamel was prevalent during this time, as were pieces featuring cultured freshwater pearls, coral, and diamonds. Brooches were especially popular amongst Japanese women during the Meiji era since they did not alter the body, as were traditional nesuke (small carvings worn on the belt of a kimono) and okimono (decorative objects).
Just as Western jewelry influenced Japanese jewelers, the pieces produced during the Meiji era became very popular amongst Western jewelers and collectors and, to this day, remain highly sought amongst modern collectors. The item "Antique Vintage Nouveau Sterling Silver Japanese Satsuma Porcelain Pin Brooch" is in sale since Sunday, July 14, 2019. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Art Nouveau/Art Deco 1895-1935\Pins, Brooches". The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in Fort Collins, Colorado.This item can be shipped worldwide.