Victorian 18kt Micro Mosaic Pin/Locket with Grecian Woman Motif
An absolutely wonderful micro mosaic pin/locket pendant from the Victorian (ca1880) era! The beautiful piece is crafted in vibrant 18kt yellow gold and an exceptional micro mosaic picture details the front. Tiny glass tiles of vividly colored glass have been hand set into the ornate image of a dancing Grecian woman. The woman is dressed in a stola with a soft green hue and draped in a reddish-pink cloak with wonderful blue trim. The craftsmanship of the piece is incredible, highlighted by her delicately crafted facial features and the use of light and shadow within her garments to display motion. The central mosaic is framed by a twisted gold ribbon border that contrasts beautifully against the deep black background. The image is further accented by a checkered red and white mosaic border set between matching gold borders. Eight golden swirls encompass delicate white flowers that rest against red and blue backgrounds on all four sides of the piece, each set flanking a dimensional green leaf mosaic. The back of the pendant displays what would have originally been a open locket face, in which a piece of purple fabric is still present. A large but hidden hook bail rests at the top of the piece and a secure pin clasp across the center makes it ready to attach to a favorite garment or chain. The mosaic image is so fine, it almost looks like a painting! It's a fantastic micro mosaic piece and would make a perfect addition to any collection!
Measurements: The micro mosaic pin/locket pendant measures 2 1/8" tall, is a little less than 1 3/4" at the widest point, and has a depth of nearly 1/2" not including the bail or the pin.
Condition: The overall condition of the pin/locket pendant is very good. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold setting and the pin clasp and bail are secure and in good working condition. There are some glass tiles missing from the green leaves and the flowers' backgrounds, but this is not significantly visible when worn, nor is it unusual for a Victorian era mosaic piece. Additionally, the original locket face on the back is missing, however, this is not noticeable when worn and does not impact the overall beauty or integrity of the piece.