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Antique Mappin & Webb London Diamond Feather Enamel and Gold Butterfly Brooch

An English Antique 18 karat gold, enamel, feather and crystal brooch with diamonds. The brooch has 4 rose-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of .01 carat. The wings of the brooch are composed of exotic feathers under crystal, with an enamel body and diamond set eyes and antenna. With original signed Mappin & Webb Ltd fitted box. "Wearing ornaments using parts of animals, birds, insects, shells or fish was not new in the nineteenth century. What was new in the age of Victoria was the way in which animal parts became accepted fashion accessories...(for) pure novelty and decorative quality...(as well as) the desire to demonstrate awareness of the revolutionary developments in the study of nature." Note Gere and Rudoe. Discussed in Jewellery in the Age of Queen Victoria A Mirror to the World, by Charlotte Gere and Judy Rudoe, The British Museum Press, 2012, page 225-232.

Circa: 1880's
Dimensions: 1'' length x 1-7/8'' width
Item #:  BO-18606
Price:   $6,500 – Call: (212) 644-6400
Antique Mappin & Webb London Diamond  Feather Enamel and Gold Butterfly Brooch
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