The pride of artistry is evident in this darling floral brooch of painted wood inlay! The artist was an early 20th century Italian silversmith, Alfred Bianchi. The back of the brooch is stamped "A. Bianchi, 800, Ponte Vecchio, 7." Ponte Vecchio means "Old Bridge" and it references an area of Florence that housed many goldsmiths and silversmiths.
Truth be told, the age of this piece is up for some debate. The few pieces I could find of the artist date 1915 and later; however, the pin has the traditional tube hinge and C Clasp commonly used before 1890. My mother dated it c1870. So it's either Art Nouveau or Victorian, or the artist lived and worked a very long time! Either way, it's a beautiful antique piece.
The brooch is 1 3/4 inches wide by 1 1/4 inches high, and the inlay work is further celebrated by a swirly frame of 800 silver filigree.
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