This is an exquisite antique enameled porcelain portrait of a girl set in a 900 silver brooch setting. The girl is 3/4's of a full figure, shown standing in a simple dark gray black dress with large matching bow in her hair, purple collar with white lace ruffle, and a round tri-colored emblem in her hair. She has sandy blond hair arranged with a center part and rising poofs on each side to create a heart shaped hairline. Her hands are demurely folded over her lap. The porcelain plaque is held securely by a many pronged bezel, and surrounded by a wreath of alternating grape leaves and balls with leaves pointing outward at top and bottom. The setting and plaque are unmarked. The setting has what might be a tiny illegible hallmark on the C clasp. The metal tests positive for silver content slightly less than sterling grade and is estimated to be 900 grade silver. The back has an old fashioned T hinged pin stem and C clasp.
This brooch weighs 10 gr. It measures 1.5" x 2.125". The porcelain center measures 1" x 1.25".
Condition is good. Greenish color on back of porcelain is in the glaze and is not tarnish.
Lady portraits are more common subject matter for brooches. It is not common to find 3/4 figures of young girls. The detail in her costume make this a nice period study of the clothing too. The setting elegantly compliments the painting too, making the entirety a delight to behold.
Item ID: A13pb513
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