Japanese satsuma porcelain bracelet, with hand painted scenes. The bracelet is 8" long (as worn) and 5/8" wide. The individual plaques have delicately painted temples, Japanese women and flowers. Some are similar, but no two are exactly alike, The porcelain is bezel set in gold-tone metal. There is some wear on the reverse of the settings. The painted plaques are in excellent condition.
The bracelet is 8" - longer than would be expected for the era. It may have been a "special order" for a Western lady. There is a pressure clasp, which works perfectly.
“Satsuma” porcelain was made in Japan in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It is characterized by a cream colored porcelain with a crackle glaze. It is then painted over the glaze and highlighted with gold. Satsuma was introduced to the West in late 1860’s after Commodore Perry had opened Japan to trade. The designs were finely painted Japanese scenes, people, flowers and dragons.
This is a special and rather scarce piece, but very wearable, as well. It will come with one of my new silk brocade zippered pouches.