Limoges, now mainly known for porcelain, was in the late 19th and early 20th century equally well known for enamels, ranging from quite sizeable decorative plaques to small plaques for setting into jewellery - and later in the Deco period for colourful geometric enamel vases by Gabriel Faure. The subject of this brooch is Columbine, Pierrot's partner in the Comedia del'Arte plays, and Limoges subjects often harken back to the Renaissance period. Limoges' technical mastery of enamelling has never been surpassed, and there is usually a combination of translucent enamel, often foil-backed as in the border here, and opaque colours. They also specialised in insetting tiny pearls or gem-stones into the enamels, which demanded great skill and a very steady hand! These enamels were sold to jewellers who incorporated them in their own pieces. This one was made around 1890, probably in England, as it tests as 9 ct, with a half-pearl border and a locket back. It is approximately one inch: 25mm in diameter
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N.Bloom & Son was established by my maternal grandfather in 1912. I have run the business since 1971. I specialise in high-quality old jewellery, mostly late 19th and 20th century, of interesting and unusual design. After having a succession of shops in the West End over forty years, and having a achieved a high reputation and profile with the public, I decided to close my last shop in 2005, and now I trade solely over the internet, or by person-to-person contact with clients. I can be contacted by telephone 020 7629 5060, or from abroad 0044 20 7629 5060 or by email as below. Prices ncludes insured free-of-charge UK/Europe posting for any item, or free-of-charge sending by FedEx world-wide for any item over £500’
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