Dating to c.1840 for the micro mosaic and c.1860 for the swivel brooch mounting and tintype, this lovely jewel features a rare subject! Most micro mosaic plaques of the early Victorian era depict Roman ruins, famous buildings such as St. Peter's Square, or animals. This is the first example of a flower theorem subject that I have discovered in my 25+ years as a collector, dealer and scholar of Victorian jewelry!
Measuring 2" long x 1 5/8" wide, this silver gilt brooch boasts a beautiful bowl of flowers set in a golden bowl! The stately vessel overflows with tiny roses, forget-me-nots, pansies, and bluebells, and the tesserae are sand-sized and perfectly smooth to the touch! This plaque was likely acquired by a lady of fashion taking the Grand Tour of Europe, and was mounted into the brooch you see here many years after her return. The micro mosaic is set against a vibrant, lapis-blue glass setting, and has survived in as fine a condition as the collector could hope for; there are no missing tesserae or repairs here! The only sign of wear is a tiny (1/8") crack to the top of the blue ground, but this has been filled and stabilized long ago. SO SPECIAL!
The silver gilt brooch is of the swivel variety, and displays a cunning rope inner border to hold the double-sided plaque in place. The brooch is unmarked, but tests as sterling silver with a gold wash. The reverse of the brooch reveals a tintype of a handsome gent who wears an up-to-the-minute hairdo and mustache fashionable in the early 1860s. The tintype is protected by an optical crystal, and the reverse of the brooch retains its original "T and C" pin and clasp.
If you are fond of the best in micro mosaic jewelry, this lovely vase of flowers will look stunning worn on a sweater or lapel! It is truly a rarity among micro mosaic jewelry, and is certain to get compliments galore! Do not miss this exquisite survivor; layaway is not available, but it is priced for quick sale, and USPS Priority mail shipping is FREE!
Your Specialists in Fine Jewelry and Decorative Arts from Antiquity - 1900. Est. 1987.
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