An enamel, seed pearl and diamond-set brooch,

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Lot 153
An enamel, seed pearl and diamond-set brooch,
circa 1880

Sold for £ 2,500 (US$ 3,161) inc. premium

Jewellery

16 Jul 2014, 11:00 BST

London, Knightsbridge

An enamel, seed pearl and diamond-set brooch, circa 1880
The circular plaque applied with polychrome 'basse-taille' enamel, depicting a medieval maiden seated on a throne and holding a hawk in one raised hand, within a border highlighted with seed pearls and rose and brilliant-cut diamonds, French assay marks, length 4.6cm

Footnotes

  • 'Basse-taille' is an enamelling method from the 14th century, in which a translucent coloured enamel is applied to a chased, engraved, carved or stamped low-relief motif. It was later used by Lucien Falize, and his numerous collaborators amongst them Emile Pye, to produce striking portraits in the medieval and Renaissance style.
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