A rare late Victorian/early Art Nouveau silver brooch dating from around 1890 and depicting Velleda (AKA Veleda/Welleda) - an ancient mythical Germanic prophetess figure. It's an astonishingly good portrait, the rendering of the eyes and the profile in particular are strikingly beautiful, quite amazing considering it's purely worked in metal.
The brooch is silver with a rose gold wash on the frame on the reverse. Hand signed AY Rivet on the front.
The side is hallmarked - French marks are often tiny and difficult to discern but this looks very much like the boar's head which denotes French silver of at least 800 fineness, alongside the word ARGENT (silver).
The medallion partially rotates within the frame. The claws at the six and eight o'clock positions (in the photos above) do not curve around the front of the medallion very much and it can be pulled forward slightly on this side if you try, but it does not appear to be in any danger of falling out.
Secures with a steel pin and open C clasp.
Size: 2.7cm diameter.
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