Ernst Paltscho Angel Skin Coral, Chrysophrase, Enamel & Diamond Flower Brooch, circa 1920Regular price $ 12,000.00
Stunning floral brooch by the Viennese master jeweler Ernst Paltscho. Two pieces of angel skin coral are meticulously carved as flower petals, which swing as the wearer moves. Within the petal sits a gold and enamel stamen peaking out. The stem of the flowers is composed of silver-set rose diamonds attached to a black enamel branch. The leaf of the brooch is made of carved chrysophrase inset with a brilliant cut diamond. The back of the brooch is signed with the name of the designer (E. Paltscho) and the city of origin (Vienna), there are several gold marks stamped onto the back of the brooch. The brooch comes in a fitted case, which it neatly slips into.
Dimensions: 1.5 inches long x 1.5 inches wide
Origin: Austrian 1920
French Enamel and Diamond Banjo Brooch, circa 1860Regular price $ 5,500.00
A beautifully detailed gold French banjo brooch with a rose diamond and silver set flower, perhaps an amaryllis, blooming from the head of the banjo through a perfectly circular hole on the right side. The head of the banjo is also decorated with red and green enamel to give the impression of an amaryllis flower. The banjo also has a French gold mark on the catch.
The amaryllis was associated with love, passion, and beauty and took its name from the nymph Amaryllis who fell in unrequited love with the shepherd Alteo.
Dimensions: 2 inches long x 0.8125 inches wide
Origin: France 1860
Three Colour Gold and Silver Lute Brooch, circa 1885Regular price $ 5,800.00
A beautifully detailed lute brooch depicting a daily life scene of a Japanese lady. The body of the lute shows a lady holding a parasol while gracefully leaning over a balcony, gazing into her garden filled with flowering trees and sakura blossoms. On the head of the lute is the face of another woman staring coyly at the viewer.
The strings and pegs of the lute are in red gold while the body of the lute is in yellow gold. On the front of the lute is a thin silver layer that has been inlaid and carved with various different colors of gold to depict the daily life scene. A similar technique has been used on the head of the lute to depict the face of the woman. This form of carving and inlaying on a silver base strongly resembles the traditional Japanese art of shakudo work.
Dimensions: 2 inches long x 0.875 inches wide
Antique Multi Gem Set Silver Gold Butterfly BroochRegular price $ 5,400.00
This sweet little swallowtail is set with countless Rose Diamonds, two Sapphires two Emeralds, three Rubies and a central Old European Cut Diamond. The eyes and the terminals of the antennae are also set with Rose Diamonds. The reverse has a neatly soldered shut fitting that denotes that the jewel was once interchangeable with a double prong hair comb. Very pretty. Silver on Gold and all principal Gems are mounted in Gold. Burma Rubies, Colombian Emeralds, Ceylon Sapphires.
Dimensions: 2 cm wide x 2.1 cm high
Country of origin: England circa 1860