This wonderful vintage brooch is in the shape of an abstracted painter's palette with colored agates in place of dabs of paint! The quality of workmanship is extremely high, on par with Theodore Fahrner, yet unmarked except for the silver content of 935.
The graceful curves of the brooch are not just in plan but also in profile where it gently dips at the center and rises at the edges (shown in the final photo). It is constructed of heavy weight silver with pave marcasites punctuated by luscious agates in a rainbow of colors: chrysoprase green, chalcedony pale blue, translucent white, and two shades of earth-toned carnelian. The marcasites are bead-set and the stones are set with heavy handmade prongs.
Size: 2-7/16" long x 1-1/4" wide.
Condition: Excellent. There is one small notch in the silver along the bottom edge, as if a small triangular shaped file notched it for some inexplicable reason.
Age: Probably 1950's based on style
Vintage and Antique Jewelry and Accessories Selected with an Architect's Eye
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