Set in a French sterling silver mount with 18k gold layer (vermeil), this Victorian era brooch is a fabulous small work of art. Dating c.1850-1900, it has the slimmest of tiny hairlines only visible in our huge enlargements. You won't ever see it with naked eye. And I'll note that we had our master enamelist do a very tiny restoration. See if you can even find the spot. A minuscule nip in the enamel does not show at all now. She's magical in her work! A small bit of the vermeil gold surface is worn through the years, as well. Fabulous bouquet - superb enamel work. And now this fine Victorian brooch is ready to wear and display.
The kiln-fired enamelist is an artist working in powders, almost blindly since the coloration is not at all like the finished product. Enamel powder suspended in fluid, all of it looking like muddy shades of mauve to blue as the artist applies it to the slightly convex copper (or sometimes silver or gold) plaque. The work is done in layers, kiln-fired in between, and it is only at the end firing that the final image is as you see it. I've worked this enamel process before and it is exceedingly difficult to master. It would take years for an apprentice to become a master, and this work is definitely by a master enamelist. Our images show it greatly enlarged, but in the natural size, the subtleties are astounding. None finer!
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Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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