Costume-jewelry expert Kathy Flood devotes a full two pages to Fiona's brooches in her tome "The Jewelry Face Book of Pins & Pendants: Vintage Visages." She describes Fiona's artistry thusly: "Her work is hand-sculpted, hand-painted, and each face is one of a kind. Her first 1989 commissioned series of faces titled 'Ladies Who Lunch' sold out, with each pin $85 to $100."
This lovely accessory features the sort of old-world, old-fashioned charm many of Fiona's little "portraits" possess. It measures approx. 3" long x 2 1/4" at its widest point. The artist has thoughtfully provided two pinbacks in order that this little work of art hangs properly on one's clothing.
Fiona's portrait pieces feature 22k gold luster-accents, in this case those touches being applied to the woman's collar and the edges of the flowery accessory that springs from her hat in 3-D fashion. This is one of Fiona's older pieces as it is signed on the back with the artist's name in gold. Ms. Flood notes, "Later, she switched to a needle-tip tool for signing when [the] clay is half dry."
This uniquely lovely brooch is in excellent condition.