The exquisite grace and beauty of the Greek Goddess Psyche* is perfectly captured in this antique Art Nouveau enamel portrait miniature. Mounted in an 18k gold shell form brooch, she is portrayed with large eyes, full red lips, and porcelain skin, her wavy hair set with a band of small rose-cut diamonds. Her gossamer wings are so delicate and realistic, they add a touch of magic to this jewel.
The brooch measures 1 5/16" by 1 1/8" and weighs 9.8 grams. There is an unidentified hallmark on the pin stem. There is some very slight age commensurate enamel loss to the piece as is visible in the photos. Mentioned only for accuracy, it does not detract from the loveliness of the piece. Worn as a brooch or on a grosgrain choker, this jewel is destined to become a beloved favorite.
*Psyche was the goddess of the soul and wife of Cupid (or Eros.)