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Victorian Reverse Intaglio Stickpin

Victorian pheasant reverse intaglio stickpin. (J9246)

Strutting Pheasant!

A Victorian reverse intaglio of a ring-necked pheasant strutting through a miniature landscape.  The scene is carved in rock crystal and beautifully rendered with many finely detailed plants framing the exuberantly colored pheasant  Crafted in 18kt gold,  circa 1880.

This miniature masterpiece was created by a Victorian artist meticulously carving the scene into the back of a polished dome of rock crystal.  Then, using brushes as small as a single hair, the scene was carefully painted with fine, lifelike details. 

The reverse of the crystal was then backed with mother of pearl to give the image a luminous, back lit quality.  The finest reverse intaglios appear to spring out of the crystal with rich details and lifelike three dimensionality.  This stickpin of a strutting pheasant is a wonderful example.

Cost:  $675

Measurements:  This 18kt gold stickpin is  2 1/2" long and weighs 3.1 grams.  The reverse intaglio is  1/2" in diameter.

Victorian pheasant reverse intaglio stickpin. (J9246)-

Victorian pheasant reverse intaglio stickpin. (J9246)

The reverse of the stickpin is as nicely crafted as the front.  The back is enclosed with gold to help protect the intaglio crystal and the mother-of-pearl backing.  The pin stem is attached with a rams head mount, a form favored in the late Victorian period.  Beneath the pin the reverse is stamped "18" for the purity of the gold.

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