Pictured is an antique Satsuma brooch in a five-lobed ‘cinquefoil’ design on a gilded brass back. This is rendered in the Moriage style (raised enamel) of butterflies, flowers, and buddha motifs seen on Satsuma wares. The pattern on the piece is a reference to the Japanese legend of 1000 Cranes, with one large crane in the center, six small cranes in red, black and gold and the remaining cranes are in black and white. A rich black border embellished with gold surrounds the five-lobed design. As with this piece, finer Satsuma buttons are usually signed. The piece has an impressed seal signature on a gilded brass back and is translated as Koshida, a well-known Satsuma maker. Affixed to the back is the original “C” clasp and hinge, which dates between 1880-1900. The piece is in extremely fine condition and executed in a very unusual shape. The detailing of the Moriage enameling is exceptional. Dimension: 2.25” dia.
Excellent Condition- In unused, or like-unused condition. No visual or structural or surface wear or damage shown. Pristine. As good as the day it was made.
Great Condition- Appears in slightly used condition but looks "Like New". Some minor wear, but retains the original craft/workmanship. May show minor wear, that does not affect the main design, or associated motif. No cracks, dents, chips or missing elements.
Good Condition- Minor wear which can be restored or repaired; may have surface flaws, like staining or soiling, confined to a small area. The flaw(s) are counterbalanced by another feature, like brilliant color or innovative design. Some fading or the piece may have been altered in some fashion.
Fair Condition- Main aesthetic/design showing damage. Excessive noticeable wear or damage. Worth buying if can be restored/repaired because of its aesthetic or design appeal or rarity. Note: wear/damage consistent with age/use can often enhance the 'Antique' qualities of a piece, giving it a desirable second chance in one's collection