Vintage 1970s Hand Painted Chinese Porcelain Samurai Shard Pendant Necklace.
Shard pendants are interesting pieces that originated in the 1960's with the Chinese Revolution, when Mao Tse Tung ordered the destruction of ancient Chinese culture. Some were saved from porcelain that dates back to the late 1300's, while most came from the mid 1600's to the early 1900's. Without a marking or seal, it's difficult to know which pieces came from what time period and to add to that confusion, pieces are still being produced today. Some pieces were hand painted onto white porcelain, others have designs that are part of the original porcelain piece. Of the pieces being produced today, some are made with with antique or vintage porcelain, while others are coming directly from China via mass production. The mass production pieces that I've seen do seem to stand out in terms of artwork, they're a little more cartoonish (for lack of a better word), where as the older pieces are more artful.
All of that being said, this particular pendant comes from the estate of primarily 1960's, 1970's and 1980's jewelry. It was without a chain, but I've added a simple, sterling silver chain. The porcelain shard is set in sterling and I have only lightly cleaned it, leaving some of it's age intact.
The pendant measures 1 3/8" by 1 1/8" (33mm by 28mm) with the painting done in shades of green, blue, rose and black. The chain measures 18".
I am a fan of all types of shard jewelry, as they're a wonderful way to preserve the past with endless possibilities to personal style.
The chain is marked 925 and Italy (as I mentioned above it did not come with the pendant, I have added it for your convenience). The porcelain is unmarked but the metal has been tested at sterling (or higher) content.
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This item will be carefully packed in a WhimsicalVintage gift box and shipped within a bubble mailer envelope.
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