Swiss Enamel Miniature Portrait of a Lady Brooch, Circa 1880
Golay Fils & Stahl was founded at 31, quai des Bergues, Geneva, in 1837, by Auguste Golay-Leresche, a clockmaker. The house was sold to Stahl around 1900 and the name became Golay Fils & Stahl. In the period from 1860 until 1930 there were two stores, the original in Geneva and one in Paris. Royal clients included, King Carol I of Romania, the firm became jeweller to the Romanian Royal Family, Kim Damrong of Siam and the Maharajah of Baroda.
In 1961 Jacques Wolfgang, a precious stones vendor to the firm, since the 1930s, purchased Golay Fils & Stahl. Upon his death in 1976, Jesse Wolfgang took ownership and Golay Fils & Stahl, specialising in antique jewellery, diamonds, and coloured stones and continuing to produce commissioned pieces. It is now a sixth generation family-run business.
(Lang Antique Jewelry University.)
Marc Plojoux was a celebrated watchmaker with a workshop on the, now prestigious street, rue du Rhône in Geneva. He specialized in complicated watches and jewellery and was honoured with two awards during the World Exhibition in 1878 in Paris.
This brooch is numbered but not signed. It would appear to have been painted by the same workshop that supplied Swiss fine jewellers.
- Art Nouveau
- Approximately 26.5mm diameter and is about 3.3mm thick
- Country of origin
- Good - Wear consistent with age and use
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