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