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Large medallion brooch with enamel & pearls in gold, Spain circa 1880

The large brooch presented here preserves a special memory. The work of gold, set with pearls and lapis lazuli is a medallion that presents a photograph behind glass. Only this one is hidden! A small golden hand holds a fan straight in front of the portrait, thus withdrawing it from our view. But not for long: at the touch of a finger, the fan flies to the side, revealing the photograph. On the back there is another compartment that can hold a picture when glassed in. The witty and lively brooch probably originates from Spain. Not only the fan, which reminds of the flamenco, points to this. On top, above the photo, there is an enamelled writing: "Recuerdo" we here, "memory" or "souvenir". The brooch was created in the years around 1880. Its rich formal language corresponds to the taste of late 19th century historicism. The mechanical gadgetry of the movable fan also attests to the optimistic joy of technology of the time, when new inventions were changing so many areas of life. At the moment two portraits of a small dog are inserted, these can of course be exchanged.

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We want you to be 100% satisfied! That’s why we examine, describe and photograph all our jewellery with the utmost care.

If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.