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Victorian Enamel Cherub Dragonfly Brooch

Item 11678

The Victorians loved jewelry and the amount that was worn was never too much. Brooches were especially popular and this enamel piece in 18k yellow gold is a testament to that. Somewhat out-of-the-ordinary with its use of inset rose diamonds, this darling brooch depicts a woodland scene with a winged cherub carrying a flute. Delicately balanced upon a dragonfly inset with nine (9) tiny rose cut diamonds, the putto contemplates playing and he begins to reach for the instrument. The use of gems, especially diamonds, is an unusual use of the kind of ornamentation typically used in the cameo habillé (dressed cameo).

Vivid polychrome enamels clearly demarcate the foreground from the Carolina blue background. The enamel is set within a border with four (4) natural pearls embellishing the four cardinal points of the frame. The underside exhibits the original pin stem, C-clasp and hinge.

Measurements: 1 inch (2.1 cm) in length by 13/16 of an inch (1.8 cm) in width. This antique brooch has a weight of 5 grams (3.2 dwt).

Condition: Very good; minute surface wear to the enamel commensurate with age and use.

Date: Circa 1850 - 1860.

Overall Scale: Very small