Victorian Shakudo work circular gold brooch, circa 1880.

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Price: £650

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Victorian Shakudo work circular gold brooch. Set with a central circular plaque of raised relief shakudo work, depicting a butterfly and intricate foliate motifs, to a fine twisted wirework border and yellow gold disc surround with further patterned wirework detail and frame, with a push bar brooch fitting to reverse. Tested yellow gold and other metals, circa 1880.

Shakudo (copper with a small percentage of gold) was a traditional material used by Japanese metalworkers, often encrusted with other precious metals. After the opening of trade between Japan and the West in 1854, after a seclusionary policy which lasted over 200 years, Japanese jewellery such as this became highly fashionable.


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