As a little girl, I used to think clouds were like far away trees, since, in my childish logic, far-off trees themselves looked like fluffy green smears from above. And yet, in my imaginings, never did I see the leaves from my cloud-trees change color and fall, like their more earth-bound relatives. When I first saw this brooch and the accompanying necklace and other brooches I had to smile, since I had found the leaves of the clouds at last. The enamel on all of these pieces is indeed so exquisite that my childish reverie can be understood. How else to explain the way they seem to glow, as if reflecting more light than they take in? The delicate veining, the careful gold edging, the curved, three-dimensional shape of all the leaves, it all adds to this ethereal, beautiful image. Whether or not you too imagined clouds as trees in the sky, the beauty and timelessness of these pieces is as clear, certain, and solid as the earth itself. For my part, though, on a certain level these enameled white leaves will always be the leaves of the clouds that finally drifted down from the sky.
Condition: Excellent vintage condition. One slight scratch on the enamel towards the tip of the leaf, horizontal against the veining. It is slightly visible in the pictures and well represented, in that you only really see it if you know what you are looking for and where. Mild tarnish on back. Full hallmarks on back for David Andersen, Norway, sterling silver, and the designer Willy Winnaess. Also on this leaf brooch, the stem is marked with the Swedish triple crown mark in an oval, meaning that before this particular brooch came to the United States, it went to Sweden, as this is a mark for imported silver pieces. There is also an even smaller mark next to the triple crown mark, but this is indecipherable. Measures about 2 ¾" long by ¾" wide. Original pin and c-clasp in good working order, no problems. There is an almost duplicate leaf brooch (item #0171) also in my shop, though with a slightly different condition report.