A fine quality Art Deco reverse carved Essex Crystal* pin with a beautifully painted image of a Dobermann Pinscher.
The image is painted with precision on platinum, it has great attention to detail, the carving of the crystal gives the painting depth.
Difficult to photograph due to the reflection off the crystal and reflective back, the painting is outstanding.
The crystal is set in a bezel, three strands of flat wire radiate from the crystal and come together at the ends.
The pin measures 1&9/16" by 9/16", the crystal is 9/16" by 5/8".
Marked platinum on the back, total weight is 5.2 grams.
It closes with the old style safety clasp that works in reverse.
Excellent condition, no damage or visible wear, very clean.
A wonderful example of reverse carved and painted Essex crystal c1920s.
*Reverse intaglio crystal, also called Essex crystal, is a craft that was popularized in Victorian England. A reverse intaglio consists of a clear crystal that is cut into a cabochon. The artisan then carves an image on the flat side of the cabochon, an intaglio, and paints the carving. The designs are so tiny that often brushes with a single hair are used to apply the paint. To complete the piece, a thin layer of gold foil, platinum or mother of pearl is added to the back to produce a luminescent three-dimensional look.
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