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.
Ernst Paltscho (1858-1929) founded the firm in 1899 in Vienna, Austria. Commissioned by the Greek Royal House, he was also patronized by many of the Austro-Hungarian aristocracy. His son Erwin joined the firm in 1918, and continued the business after his father's death. In 1964, Paltscho was the sole Austrian firm to exhibit at the International Exhibition in New York. Paltscho became famous for their colorful carved hardstone jewels. For another example by Paltscho see C. Gere (et.al.), The Art of The Jeweller, A Catalogue of The Hull Grundy Gift to the British Museum, Vol. I, p. 190, no 1178 and Vol. II, p. 319, no. 1178 and color plate 63.
Dimensions: 1.5 inches long x 1.5 inches wide
Origin: Austrian 1920
Victorian Multi-Gemstone, Silver & Gold Pendant Depicting a Basket of Spring Flowers, circa 1880Regular price $ 3,500.00
Sweet Victorian pendant of rubies, sapphires, green garnets, and pearls arranged within a basket of woven 18 karat gold to mimic the appearance of various spring flowers. The rubies are silver-set on gold while the sapphires, green garnets, and pearls are all gold-set. The handle of the basket is topped with a delicate silver-topped, gold-backed bow inlaid with rubies.
Dimensions: 1.2 inches long x 0.8 inches wide
Origin: English 1880s
Enamel, Gold & Pearl Briar Rose Brooch, circa 1860Regular price $ 3,500.00
Beautifully detailed pink and green enamel brooch with seed pearls to depict England's original wild rose: the briar rose.
Each flower is set with a central seed pearl to mimic the flower's pistil with a ring of tiny gold stamen around it. White and pink enamel and gold petals surround each seed pearl to form a rose. The roses are connected to a gold stem with green enamel leaves and three gold and enamel buds at the terminal. The reverse shows a generous use of gold and an 18 karat mark at the bottom of the stem.
Dimensions: 1.6 inches long x 1.1 inches wide
Origin: English 1860s
Pietra Dura Cross Depicting a Madonna Lily and Lily of the Valley, circa 1890Regular price $ 950.00
Gorgeous pietra dura cross made of black slate inlaid with hard stones and gild to depict a madonna lily and lily of the valley growing from the cross itself.
The Madonna Lily takes it name from the Virgin Mary and represents both her purity and chastity. In medieval art, the Virgin Mary was often depicted with a Madonna Lily, a trend that has continued to the present day.
The delicate Lily of the Valley is associated with femininity, humility, chastity, and purity and is commonly called Mary's Tears or Our Lady's Tears. Linked to motherhood, Lily of the Valley can at times depict the maternal-child bond. The birth flower for the month of May, Lily of the Valley is often linked in Christian tradition with the second coming of Jesus Christ as well as the tears the Virgin Mary shed during the crucifixion. In the Victorian language of flowers, the Lily of the Valley meant "a return to happiness".
Condition: Good. Slight nick on the right-arm corner of cross on the reverse.
Dimensions: 2.5 inches long x 1.5 inches wide
Origin: Italian 1890
Say it with Flowers...Regular price $ 5,500.00
An Art Deco Basket of Flowers Brooch mounted with 7 Carved Gem Flowers, 5 with Diamond centres and bordered with Carved Nephrite Leaves, contained in a White Gold Platinum topped Basket set with Rose Diamonds and Black Onyx demi-lunes, all in fine milligrain settings. The reverse of the Brooch is attractively pierced in a curling naturalistic way and the pin is stamped with a B and 750 for !8k Gold.
Dimensions: 1 4/8 inch wide x 1 2/8 inch high
Style: European: circa 1925