Outstanding French 18k Tableau Brooch
Spray brooches and mourning brooches triumphed during the Victorian era. Delicate, feminine, and captivating, spray brooches are a beautiful addition to any jewelry collection. Traditionally consisting of intricate floral designs and often mounted in the En Tremblant style, spray brooches most frequently consist of a range of small diamonds or colored gemstones, which are crafted to catch the light and create a sublime sparkle.
Mother of pearl is the inner layer of oyster and mussel shells. Each shell is unique in color and texture with a shiny and iridescent finish, making it an ideal decorative material in jewelry and beyond.
Featuring a Dutch-style still life, four large, lush roses of varying color-ways define the center of the bouquet, while spray roses and daffodils form the explosive composition. I like to imagine that this brooch was perhaps a sentimental gift, a bouquet meant to withstand the test of time.
Materials and Features: 18k gold, mother of pearl backing
Age/Origin: French, Napoleon III Era, c. 1860
Measurements: 10.3 grams, 2.25"
Marks: Hallmarked 18k on pin back
Condition: Excellent condition. Minor associated age wear.
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