Lot 23
  • 23

Silver-Topped 18 Karat Gold, Diamond and Glass Brooch, Fonseque et Olive, France

2,500 - 3,500 USD
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  • diamond, gold, glass
Designed as grapes on a vine, the grapes composed of four frosted green glass beads, the vine set with rose-cut diamonds, with French assay and import marks, with maker's mark for Fonseque et Olive; circa 1890.


In good condition. The diamonds are near colorless and decorative in quality. The metal exhibits slight tarnishing consistent with age. Approximately 1 3/4 inches across at the widest point of the brooch. Please note that this lot is mounted in Silver-Topped 18 Karat Gold.
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Catalogue Note

Pieces of similar design are illustrated in French Jewelry of the Nineteenth Century by Henri Vever, translated by Katharine Purcell, pages 904 and 1024.