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