Antique French Gold Brooch With A Girl Painting, 1850's
An exquisite and one of a kind antique French gold brooch with a fine miniature painting of a girl, mid 19th century.
This stunning treasure was discovered on my latest trip to Paris in July of 2021. It is an exceptional brooch made of an 18 carats gold oval frame that could be fastened to clothing with a pin. Within this ornate gold frame is a truly superb miniature painting of a young girl painted with a masterful and fine talent. The miniature is painted on a mother of pearl plate and placed behind bevelled glass. In the past and before photography came into existence portraits of loved ones would be comissioned from the prominent artists of the time. Often such portraits would be set in precious metals and worn as jewellery, close to one's heart. This is one of those unique treasures that is still in great antique condition and of the highest quality in my opinion. It measures about 5.2 x 4,5 x 1.5 cm or approximately 2 x 1.6 x 0.6 inches with a weight of 20 g or about 0.7 oz. The painting bears the artist's signature on the right side of the painting [which I am unable to decipher]. The gold is also marked on the back side spiral that holds the pin. It is exactly as I discovered it. For the full condition please refer to the images!
This is a remarkable and outstanding French masterpiece - like no other - of the mid 1800's.
5.2 x 4,5 x 1.5 cm or 2 x 1.6 x 0.6 inches
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