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$ 5,500

Victorian English Gold and Reverse Crystal Hunting Brooch

Origin England
Period 19th Century
Materials Yellow & Red Gold, Intaglio Carved & Reverse Painted Crystal, Mother-of-Pearl.
W. 1.5 in; H. 2 in;
W. 3.81 cm; H. 5.08 cm;
Condition Excellent.
Creation Date 1880s
Description An English Victorian 18 karat gold reverse crystal brooch. The finely painted crystal brooch represents ducks in lift-off. The yellow and red gold frame is decorated with dimensional pussy willows intertwined with ribbon.

Reverse crystal intaglios are a rock crystal cabochon with an intaglio carved into the flat back and then painted realistically with oils, so that when, viewed from the top, the image has a three-dimensional effect. Finally, the back was sealed with mother-of-pearl, which preserved the painted areas. The motifs most commonly found were sporting themes -- horses, dogs, foxes and birds.

The technique originated in Belgium c. 1860 and was popularized in England c. 1860's by Thomas Cook.
Gemstones Rock Crystal
Metals Gold
Gender Ladies'
Styles / Movements Victorian
Dealer Reference Number BO-16621
Incollect Reference Number 141109
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