MAGNIFICENT and MASSIVE 14k yellow gold antique late Georgian hand-painted on porcelain portrait brooch pin with stationary bail on back for use as a pendant. The subject is Georgiana Cavendish Duchess of Devonshire, Measures 2-3/4" x 2-1/4" x 3/8" thick. With heavy thick construction and applied scroll work. The portrait measures 2-1/16" x 1-11/16". A beautiful portrait of a woman wearing a large black feather plumed hat and holding a single rose in soft shades of blue, green, black, gray, and white, with touches of pink. High magnification reveals small individual brush strokes, although I can see no signature. The back has a piece of brown silk, also under glass, most likely for use as a hair locket memento. The findings on the back are original, long slightly curved white metal pin stem, simple C shaped clasp with bottom extension (helps to act as a stop or a safety when worn), long hinge tube assembly. In outstanding exceptionally well babied condition, only ever so slight age appropriate wear. Circa early to mid 1800s.
Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire (née Spencer) 7 June 1757 – 30 March 1806, was the first wife of William Cavendish, 5th Duke of Devonshire, and mother of the 6th Duke of Devonshire.
Her father, John Spencer, 1st Earl Spencer, was a great-grandson of John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough. Her niece was Lady Caroline Lamb. She was the great-great-great-great-aunt of Diana, Princess of Wales.
She attained a large amount of fame in her lifetime. She became notorious for her marital arrangements, her catastrophic love affairs, and her love of gambling; she was famous for her beauty and her political campaigning; and she was a leader of fashionable style.