The subject is inspired by the work of the well known Czechoslovakian artist, Alphonse Mucha. In 1897, he created a pair of color lithographs of elaborately styled, strikingly beautiful women titled Byzantine Heads. Each were adorned with an ornate, detailed, and colorful headdresses, from beneath extends flowing long hair There is a blonde and a brunette. Mucha's unique style incorporated a variety of decorative motifs inspired by Byzantine art that can be seen in his Byzantine Heads.
A lovely circa 1900s porcelain pin. Using a transfer as an outline, the image is hand painted so each one is unique. You can see elements of the transfer as well as the hand applied paint. The background is a rich salmon color and is a departure from the more typical white background of painted porcelain pins. This beauty wears a highly detailed blue and green headdress with matching gown. Here raven hair is attractively styled and her expression is serene.
Unsigned, this is a large pin measuring 2-3/4" by 2". Some discoloration to frame, please see photograph. Otherwise in excellent condition.