This is a breathtaking vintage portrait brooch in Limoges enamel after the well-known painting of Saint Fabiola by Jean-Jacques Henner which was painted in 1885. It depicts the saint in a classical pose with head and shoulders cloaked in a red veil. While the original painting is lost, it has been reproduced countless times - the saint is considered the patron of women in difficult or abusive relationships and divorced women. This pin is exquisitely rendered by a very skilled artist. It is surrounded by a single row of marcasites and it is set in unmarked silver metal. I'm not sure of the silver content since I haven't tested it but given the quality I believe that it is probably silver of some grade. It is signed on the back by the artist - E. Soupal and it dates to around the 1920s. It fastens with a trombone catch.
The oval brooch measures 1 7/8 inches by 1 1/2 inches and it is in excellent condition.
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