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Victorian "Essex Crystal" Stickpin

Victorian pheasant reverse intaglio stickpin. (J9246)

Pheasant Under Glass!

A British reverse intaglio (or "Essex crystal") stickpin of a ring-necked pheasant making its way through a finely detailed, miniature landscape.  In the beautifully rendered scene you sense the pheasant's apprehension at being watched and the plants slightly swaying in the gentle breeze.  Crafted in 18kt gold,  circa 1880.

This miniature masterpiece began with an artist meticulously carving the scene into the back of a polished dome of rock crystal (hence the formal name "reverse intaglio").  Then, using brushes sometimes as fine as a single horse hair, the pheasant and flora were carefully colored and highlighted.  Finally, the back of the crystal was covered with a small disk of mother of pearl throwing the image into brilliant, luminous relief.  Truly a Victorian masterpiece in miniature!

Cost:  $645

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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