"Cupid & Psyche"

French Napoleon III Silver & 9k Gold Paste Brooch

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  • Regular price $1,895.00


Be ready to adorn yourself with this stunning French antique brooch. In an elegant “en grisaille” (in grayscale)!  Cupid rides in a chariot, vigorously urging on his companion Psyche, in the form of a butterfly, to carry on. The painting is surrounded by a rim of 9k gold, within an overall silver frame, with a decorative bow top, with collet-set paste stones, in old minecut shaping. This brooch, in great overall condition is a gorgeous antique piece bespeaking years of historical and classical traditions and it certainly deserves a place in your collection.

Measurements (approximate):

Dimensions:  3.75 cm x 3.75 cm [approximate]

Materials: Paste stones

Metal: Silver frame, gold rim

Marks: None

Condition: Very good antique condition. Upon close inspection, this piece bears constructive, structural, and gemological features that lend themselves to an overall age estimation of c.1810, thus categorizing the piece as Georgian. However, I am estimating the date between 1810 and 1860. The latter date would place this piece in the Napoleon III period which began in 1850.

It has been determined to have French origins. It was purchased in France from a trusted and venerable and state certified Jewelry expert.  (Note that the French government requires state certification for dealers in Jewelry and the decorative arts.) The gold and silver are a good-quality. The paste stones are all present, and well-set. The painting is sharp and precise, with good details. Overall, this is a lovely piece! 

Please understand that as this is an antique piece, there is always some minor age wear associated with the wear of the item over the many years. Upon close inspection, there are no condition issues with this piece that are the result of damage or trauma unexpected from old antique jewelry.