Brooch

Italian
1860-1870


Object Place: American or European

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 3.6 x 3 x 1.2 cm (1 7/16 x 1 3/16 x 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

64.625

Medium or Technique

Gilt metal, stone, and hair

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Europe, Jewelry

Classifications

Brooches

This is a pietra dura brooch, probably from a Florentine workshop, depicting a white flower with a pink bud and broad leaves in two shades of olive green and olive green stem. The stones are inlaid in black hard stone and set vertically in a rectangular gilt metal frame with rounded corners. The mount is probably English.
On the back which is slightly rounded, there is an oval insert of hair under a crystal. Above the oval is an inscription written in script: “Mrs. G. (?) M. Potter, Obt. March 16, 1839.” Underneath is an inscription of affection: “Notre foi éternise l’ amitié.”
The pin is placed on the horizontal bisecting the back.

Credit Line

Bequest of Maxim Karolik