This is a beautiful 800 Silver Mediterranean Red Coral Hand Painted Portrait Pendant Pin. Original Unaltered Estate Jewelry. Victorian Revival Hallmarked 800 on both the back cover and the back frame this is a lovely hand painted portrait pendant pin in its original 800 European Italian Silver fancy filigree twisted rope frame and all of its original Mediterranean/Italian red coral. Late 1800s to mid Art Deco period. The coral and portrait are bezel set.
Size is 1 3/4″ tall North to South by 1 7/16″ across East to West.
Weight is 10.5 grams.
It is from an estate and has very minor age wear. Other than this the condition is excellent. No dents, dings or tears. No repair. All filigree is still good. No damage to portrait or red coral stones. They are still deep red and crisp. Both the frame and the portrait are excellent condition. The handcrafting is fine quality. Hence, this 800 Silver Mediterranean Red Coral Hand Painted Portrait Pendant Pin is a lovely addition for your fine miniature portraits collection. Since many collectors prefer complete originality this pendant pin has been left in its original condition, unpolished with age patina.
About Portrait Miniatures:
Miniature portraits of family members and sweethearts were valued possessions before the advent of photography. They were as highly prized as full-size portraits in oil, and frequently they took as long to produce. Miniatures were meticulously painted in watercolor on ivory, a difficult medium that demanded considerable technical mastery. When completed they were set in decorative cases that enabled them to be worn as jewelry or placed on display.
The American tradition of miniature painting, like that of full-size portraiture, was adapted from European models, particularly English painting of the Rococo period. However, portraits painted in this country emphasize the individuality of the sitter with a penetrating realism that is characteristically American.