French Napoleon III Period Painted Portrait Silver and Pearl Brooch


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A serene scene is painted in intricate detail within the face of this French
Napolean III brooch. The pale figure of a lady (possibly pregnant) is cast in
contrast against a dark background, held behind a glass pane, sturdily bordered
by the stark silver frame of the brooch. Floral and foliate extensions form a
halo around the rectangular body of the brooch which are set with creamy river
pearls. The back face fully encloses the portrait, with a sturdily-soldered
backing and pin closure with c clasp.

The painted scene is done in the style of grisaille, which is a technique of
painting executed mostly in shades of grey or of another neutral grey-like
color. In this case, on a black background and with pastel colors. The sitting
painter (possibly an expectant mother) is painting what looks like a small
seated doll to the left of the easel. The tableau on the easel within the scene
is outlined in gold maybe to depict the sense of a new life unfolding within.

The Napolean III period represents the years that Louis Napolean Bonaparte
(the nephew of Napolean Bonaparte) was Emporer from 1852-1870.



Details (approximate):

Dimensions: 2.5 cm Long x 5 cm Width [1 in. L x 1.5 in. W]

Materials: Pearl. hand painted panel

Metal: Silver

Weight: 9 grams

Circa: 1850-60's

Condition: Generally excellent antique condition! The silver casing is
high-quality, with good craftsmanship and clear presentation of details. The
original pearls are all present and well-set. There are no issues with the
painted scene or the glass panel. The back face has normal soldering to hold
the backing in place.

This piece cannot be resized.

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