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.
Dimensions: 2.5 cm Long x 5 cm Width [1 in. L x 1.5 in. W]
Materials: Pearl. hand painted panel
Weight: 9 grams
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.