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.
Signed BI, this Victorian Era brooch also has a bale to wear as a pendant on a chain. The rich hues and soft, blended brushwork are reminiscent of the Renaissance period, as is the serene lady's attire. Possibly a depiction of the Virgin Mary, it has a dramatic quality which is enhanced by the floral inspired silver frame adorned with eight dark orange coral cabochons. A lovely little piece of art, in fantastic condition, she is a must for any antique jewelry collector!
Dimensions: 1 1/2"
Weight: 11 grams
Materials: Silver, coral, hand painted portrait, glass
Marks: Signed on portrait: BI
Condition: Excellent antique condition