This superb gold brooch was made in France c.1870s during the period known as the Belle Epoque (beautiful era), a time in European history that began in the late 19th century during the time of the French Third Republic. The era was characterized by strongly artistic designs with great attention to detail and hand work. This piece is a lovely example with its golden flowing natural repoussé forms and wonderful heart shape. At it's center are symbolic motifs of a sheaf or wheat and a flame. These may be symbols related to a family coat of arms. Below there is granulated decoration in platinum and a small ruby, with a natural seed pearl drop. On the C-clasp there is the French control mark for 18K gold representing an eagle's head that was in use in France from 1838. There is also a mark which is I think the French mark for platinum ~ a mask.
To the back there is also two bail loops so the brooch can be worn on a chain as a pendant ~ just wonderful. Condition is exceptional with the gold bright and vivid. There is slight discoloration to the gold at the bottom tip ~ I have not attempted to clean this and there is a tiny bend to the soft gold of the clasp pin to report ~ both are inconsequential, but noted for accuracy.
Dimensions are : 1 3/8 inches in width and 1 1/4 in height ~ including the pearl drop; weight is 2.2 grams.
A stunning work of art crafted during the period of Napoleon 111. A wearable piece of history to collect and wear.
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