Mourning jewelry became popular during the 18th century, when sentiment, both sorrowful and romantic, began to be expressed in a more allegorical style. This example depicts a young woman weeping at the sight of a plinth or obelisk, which has a mourning inscription on it. In the background, branches of a weeping willow tree (symbolizing sorrow) sway in the breeze. The lovely and touching illustration of grief is rendered in sepia on an enamel wafer, under quartz and set in 10 karat gold. This rare brooch is a wonderful example of Georgian mourning jewelry.
Dimensions: 27mm (1.1") x 19mm (.70")
Weight: 4.1 grams
Materials: Gold, quartz, enamel
Metal: 10K Gold
Marks:"On Thee the Tender Thought Shall Dwell--AW--AE(age):19--1784--I:W" painted on surface of wafer.
Condition: Good antique condition. Multiple cracks on wafer that blend into the design.