Hand painted miniature portraits were the predecessors of photographs. When there was no other way to record a likeness of someone, the miniatures were treasured and passed down in families. Some portrait miniatures were painted of a specific person, and others were of classic style beauties rather than a particular real person. Often, these pieces were made into jewelry and worn as decoration, such as our brooch. The Victorians loved to hearken back to earlier periods in time, and we think that this is such an example.
This beautiful brooch has a wonderfully detailed painting of a mother and baby in a pastoral setting. The woman's hair is done in the 18th century fashion, powdered and worn in the style of that period. She appears to have just finished nursing her baby, who has rosy cheeks and a contented smile on its face. The little scene depicts an idyllic moment in time, and romanticizes the glorious feeling of Motherhood. It's a beautiful little piece of art, perfect for displaying or adorning yourself with! It would also be a perfect gift for a new mother!
Mother & Child circa 1880
Dimensions: 53mm X 40mm
Materials: 12K gold, painted wafer, seed pearls
Metal: 12K gold
Condition: Excellent antique condition. Small nip of the bottom edge of glass front.