It is the 18th century. Flowers both real and man made adorned the hair, graced the decolletage in posy holders, were stitched and embroidered into fabrics. Everywhere you looked, there they were.
A classic two element form defines this Georgian century brooch of silver gilt. Scrolling gold foliage is dotted with ten deep garnet-colored pastes that have been snugly bezel set. Three variety of flowers with corresponding leaves weave a lyrical dance across the surface.
The beautifully hand-worked gold over silver is richly engraved and organically curvaceous. With an articulated pendant that displays a tear drop dangle it is also set with a pear shaped paste.
The underside reveals the original tube hinge and "C" clasp fittings.
For matching earrings, see item 20077.