One cannot overstate the impact that renaissance art had on the Victorian hunger for revival. A bit of enamel flourish here- a corner claw set rose cut there… 19th century jewels greatly drew from 14th-17th century motifs, perhaps most marked’ly from the works of Hans Holbein, the younger- one of our great first-hand sources for all there is to know about renaissance jewels. Court painter to the stars, Tinder Image generator to Henri the VIII, Holbein painted not only the living legends of the Tudor period, but their finest jewels as well— and he was very good at it!
Hundreds of years later, we still measure opulence by his brushstrokes- and the 19th century drew great inspiration from his works. This brooch is one such wonderful example. In two of his favorite tones, blue and white, the neutral elements of this brooch are simply divine.
Materials and Features: 18ct gold, Pearl, enamel, coque de perle
Age/Origin: English, 19th Century
Measures; length 2.25”
Condition: Excellent condition. The pearl at the bottom is a loving update!
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