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Sale Price: $1,925.00
Listed Price $2,750.00
  Stock #851

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Swiss Gold & Enamel Brooch with Romantic Chateau de Chillon C 1880
Swiss Gold & Enamel Brooch with Romantic Chateau de Chillon C 1880
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Sale Price: $1,925.00
Listed Price $2,750.00

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Swiss brooch, ca 1880. Oval enameled plaque in gold frame; rim comprises applied scrolls heightened with enamel and inset with pearls.

The plaque depicts the Château de Chillon, a medieval castle set on an island in Lake Geneva, with Mont Blanc in the background. Chillon was a source of inspiration to the English Romantics, especially Lord Byron whose Prisoner of Chillon was inspired by its use as a prison during the 16th-century Wars of Religion. Byron’s evocation of tormented solitude is a world away from the lone woman in native dress purposefully strolling along in the foreground.

Condition: Strong and intact color with nice toning.

Dimensions: H 2 3/8 x W 2 1/4 x D 3/8 in. #851