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French Gold and Enamel Brooch
We ususally fight shy of using too many superlatives in our descriptions, but it’s difficult to do so regarding this rather fabulous French gold and enamel brooch.
The little upright rectangular enamelled plaque shows a portrait of King Charles V of France (1338-1380) and is by the master enameller Alfred Garnier who took commissions from Parisian goldsmiths and jewellers including both Falize and Tiffany. His monogrammed initials can be seen on the right hand side.
Incredible detail to the enamelled image which includes foil paillons in places for optimum vibrancy of colour.
There is no mark on the brooch itself so we are unsure whose work it is but it is beautifully made with decorative guilloche enamelled fleur de lys at each end and a gold frame around the enamel portrait.
Behind the pin, the back of the brooch is crafted into a locket and lifts away to reveal a small compartment. This should be done carefully however, to ensure that the little enamelled plaque does not fall out.
Garnier died in 1908 and we would date this brooch at circa 1890’s.
There are no marks apparent but the gold tests as 18 ct. as would be expected.
Just a fraction under 5 cm in width.