A fairly large French pin from the Napoleon III era, circa 1850, showing an "eglomized" street scene under glass, with exquisite colors, (though more pastel than on the pics) inset in an ornate silvered frame.
The under glass painted scene, (not an image) represents the Government square in Algiers, (Napoleon III had just conquered the area) and it is complete with monuments, the equestrian statue of the Duke of Orleans, and cute little characters.
It is 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 plated with rose gold. The silver overlay has aged beautifully and has the right darkness to make the miniature scene stand out.
These pins which were done at the same time as the popular beveled glass jewelry caskets, are very rare, and besides, this one is in particularly good condition for its age.
MEASUREMENTS: Diameter: 1 1/8".
CONDITION: In particularly good condition. With just micro blemishes, but no real loss of paint. Closes well.
Will be shipped "Registered" from Paris, including insurance and signature at delivery.
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