Antique French 18K Gold Enamel Miniature Portrait Brooch Pin, Madonna & Child, Virgin Mary Infant Jesus
Antique 19th century Victorian era French 18k yellow gold brooch with an exquisite hand painted enamel miniature portrait plaque. The enamel portrait depicts the Madonna and infant Jesus. A fantastic scene portraying a mother and child as well as religious icon image beautifully rendered here in fine detail and color. Set against a blue sky with rocky mountain landscape in the background. The Virgin Mary is gowned in cream colored robes with blue and pink shawls, with a halo above her head and the infant Jesus asleep in her lap. The work is of exceptional quality and the portrait is gorgeous. The enamel portrait is backed by a mother of pearl panel. Set within a hand crafted 18k yellow gold mount embellished with an engraved foliage border. The gold mount has a C-shaped clasp with a gold pin on a tube hinge. Also features a hook for hanging a pendant, locket or pocket watch. Hallmarked to the pin and clasp with the French control mark indicating 18k gold content, in the form of an eagle's head, in use in France from 1838. Measures 2 1/8" x 1 3/4" wide. Weighs 18.5 grams.