The serene portrait of a lady is painted in grayscale (en grisaille), held behind a cut-corner glass pane in this beautiful 19th-century brooch. The intricate painted detail is accentuated further by the simple 15k yellow gold frame of the brooch, with a pin closure at the back, and an attached bale at the top, along with a working padlock charm at the bottom.
Materials and Features:
- Grayscale painted portrait of a lady
- Octagonal glass pane
- 15k yellow gold [hallmarked]
Age/Origin: Antique, Netherlands, mid-to-late 1800s
Weight: 9.60 g
- 5.75 2.5 cm
Marks: -The pin bears a single frame border Maple leaf hallmark, used in the Netherlands from 1853-1865 for gold items of 15k fineness-
Condition: The painted portrait is in great condition, with detailed features, in a pleasant grayscale. The glass front and back faces have no chips or cracks. The gold is a high quality 15k, with a bright and sunny luster, with sturdy construction and details. The working padlock charm is possibly a later addition, and the bale (for use as a pendant) may be as well. The pin closure is sturdy, allowing you to affix the brooch with ease to your bag or lapel. The back face of the brooch has some kind of glass crystallized face, the identity of which is unclear.