Antique brooch features an art glass oval cabochon center flanked by a griffin on either side. Cabochon is soft orange mottled with white glass. Photos show the orange a bit brighter than it is. It is a softly colored orange.
Measures 2-1/8” X1- 3/8”. Large cabochon is approximately 3/4” x 1/2". Oval frame consists of decorative elements of tiny flowers encompassed within rope-like borders. The griffins are facing out, guarding and protecting their treasure, the center glass stone.
Back has a working “C” clasp. Brooch has been tested to be at least 9 karat rolled gold plate. On the back you can see a heavy layer of rolled gold plated over other metal. It appears that this was done in Taille D’Epargne - the black enamel background has faded and has worn off in spots and is no longer a deep black. There is still enough left so that it still defines the flowers and rope borders and of course, the magnificent griffins as well.,
Condition is very good vintage. You won’t be disappointed.
The griffin, also known as gryphon is a mythical creature having the head and wings of an eagle, and body, hind legs and tail of a lion. The lion was considered the king of beasts and the eagle the king of birds. Having these qualities, griffins were considered to be a majestic and powerful creatures, and were known as the king of all creatures. Griffins guarded treasures and other valuables. This brooch depicts the griffins guarding the center stone.