Swiss Enamel Miniature Portrait of a Lady Brooch, Circa 1880
  • Swiss Enamel Miniature Portrait of a Lady Brooch, Circa 1880
  • Swiss Enamel Miniature Portrait of a Lady Brooch, Circa 1880
  • Swiss Enamel Miniature Portrait of a Lady Brooch, Circa 1880
  • Swiss Enamel Miniature Portrait of a Lady Brooch, Circa 1880
  • Swiss Enamel Miniature Portrait of a Lady Brooch, Circa 1880

Swiss Enamel Miniature Portrait of a Lady Brooch, Circa 1880

£2,400.00
S23919B
An antique, Art Nouveau portrait brooch, with an enamelled profile of a young woman, with flowing, light brown hair, deep blue eyes, rosy cheeks, red lips and a calm gaze, wearing a light blue dress, decorated with yellow flowers and blue leaves, with a matching headdress, decorated with red dots, with bright golden tapes and jewelled gold pendant and a light blue bead necklace, on a lilac coloured background, decorated with leaves, hand painted in enamel, in the style of Plojoux and Golay Fils & Stahl of Geneva, mounted in gold, with a pierced gallery below and the original pin and hook clasp, the reverse has a sand blasted finish and is numbered 3212. 

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.

(Sothebys)

This brooch is numbered but not signed. It would appear to have been painted by the same workshop that supplied Swiss fine jewellers.

Data sheet

Style
Art Nouveau
Metal
Gold
Measurements
Approximately 26.5mm diameter and is about 3.3mm thick
Country of origin
Switzerland
Condition
Good - Wear consistent with age and use

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