Posted 11 years ago
This is one of the finest micro mosaic brooches (in its own kind) that I've seen so far beside my earlier brooches I already showed on this site; my peasant lady on cushion, the bug pendant, Biedermeier flower brooch, Etruscan ring and of course my "private dancer".
This actual brooch is in mind condition, no missing tesserae and also the Onyx is intact, no cracks at all. The setting is 14 K gold and has wonderful decoration, all in red gold, the flat back in yellow gold. Measures: 5 x 4.2 cm (2 x 1.1"). The tesserae are so small the pigeons and flowers seem to be painted ! In my opinion probably made around 1850. Is this brooch ment to be a mourning jewel do you think? Can you tell me something more about this kind of brooches?
I was surprised to see one of my Micro Mosaic brooches (also mentioned here on Collectorsweekly) on a film about this subject. If you want to learn more you can link to: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/14896068
I recently discovered that a similar brooch as this one auctioned at Christies in London for a remarkable amount see link: