Beautiful portrait brooch by Karu features a Victorian lady with blue background set in antiqued goldtone frame. Plastic or celluloid covers the picture. Signed Karu Arke Inc on t he back. This comes with matching earrings (not shown) 3/4" oval clip on style.
Portrait Jewelry was a favorite of our ancestors and their skills and
love for the art were passed down for generations. The beautiful images including loved ones, flowers and pastoral romantic scenes were favorite subjects.
Although similar in design, each one became a one of a kind work of art.
Hand painting was of the finest and was done on porcelain, ivory and other materials. For those not so artistically inclined,(or later for mass production) lithography was applied to the base and then "hand touched" or accented by another. One famous designer of such lithography was "Fraggonard".
These romantic scenes are usually signed at the bottom. Factories in Limoges, France supplied porcelain blanks and lithographies were done for for young women to use as a parlor craft to increase their "cultural" dowery
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