This is an amazing work of art in miniature. A reverse carved (intaglio) rock crystal cabochon set into a substantial 18-carat stick pin with beaded gold frame. In excellent antique condition, supplied with the original box pictured.
The horse and rider are very finely painted - some of these paintings are carried out with a brush using a single hair to achieve such fine detail and the arduous process of cutting and grinding the cabochon, then engraving and painting the inside of the crystal would take hundreds of tools and many days of concentrated work.
Crystal carving and painting was traditionally a skill passed from generation to generation and very few artisans now have the knowledge or skill to produce this kind of work.
Approximately 8.5cm total length. The round head is 2.2cm in diameter. Weight: 9.1g.
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