A fairly large French pin from the Napoleon III era, circa 1850, showing a street scene, very likely Place Bellecour in Lyon, France.
The scene is under glass, with exquisite pastel colors, (lighter than on the pics) and inset in an ornate silvered frame.
Place Bellecour is "eglomized" and done in a harmony of dusty rose and turquoise blue, with pearly "AB" areas, which are really to die for!
The back also has some lovely pink hue, as the central brass plaque has been brushed with rose gold.
The silver overlay has aged beautifully and has the right darkness to make the miniature scene really stand out.
These pins which were done at the same time as the popular footed glass jewelry caskets, are rare and always enchanting, like miniature worlds that would be encapsulated in curved glass.
Diameter: 1 1/8".
In very good condition for its age. Just minor blemishes.
Will be shipped "Registered" from Paris, including insurance and signature at delivery.
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