Japan was all the rage between approximately 1875 and 1885 as a result of Arthur Lazenby Liberty's visits to Japan, from which he brought back silks, lacquers, prints, ivories and all the other marvellous crafts in which the Japanese excelled, but which were almost unknown in the West, as Japan had long refused to admit foreigners, until forced into trading with the outside world by the threat of American force. Gilbert and Sullivan's 'The Mikado' was a skit on this Japonisme, and the satirical magazine 'Punch' was not slow to mock, either. Hence this beautiful little lapel pin, its rectangular head applied with a slightly greenish gold stork, the frosted yellow gold background engraved through to the red gold beneath with bamboo and a section of shoji screen. The head is approximately 3/4 inch : 18 mm in height.
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N.Bloom & Son was established by my maternal grandfather in 1912. I have run the business since 1971. I specialise in high-quality old jewellery, mostly late 19th and 20th century, of interesting and unusual design. After having a succession of shops in the West End over forty years, and having a achieved a high reputation and profile with the public, I decided to close my last shop in 2005, and now I trade solely over the internet, or by person-to-person contact with clients. I can be contacted by telephone 020 7629 5060, or from abroad 0044 20 7629 5060 or by email as below. Prices ncludes insured free-of-charge UK/Europe posting for any item, or free-of-charge sending by FedEx world-wide for any item over £500’
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