TOSHIKANE Japanese Vintage Sterling Painted Porcelain Seahorse Earrings
Toshikane was a Japanese company from Arita, Japan that fabricated porcelain buttons, jewelry, and other ceramic pieces, dating back to as early as the 1940's. Each Toshikane design has a distinctly Japanese look and feel, incorporating elements such as Asian fans, the 7 Lucky Gods, and exotic bird and flower designs into the work. Usually set in silver, the porcelain pieces are intricately hand painted in a variety of vibrant colors. Because they are no longer fabricated, Toshikane pieces are now a rare find and are highly collectible.
A fantastic pair of vintage Toshikane earrings from the 1950's! This charming design is comprised of a pair of matching hand-painted porcelain seahorses backed with a sterling silver base. Each seahorse is intricately detailed, displaying a vivid blue color with metallic gold accents painted along the fins and face. Textured features on the front surface of each represents individual scales and fins and each displays large, wide eyes, bright colorful bodies and tails curled inwards towards their painted white bellies. Attached to the back is an earring post and back, along with a stamped Japanese hallmark and "JAPAN." A fun and whimsical pair of Toshikane earrings, they have excellent detail and would make a special addition to any collection!
Measurements: Each seahorse measures approximately 1" tall, 3/4" wide, and a little less than 1/4" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the earrings is excellent. Aside from normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the sterling silver setting or to the painted porcelain. The earring posts and backs are secure and in good working condition.