This enchanting Celtic Art Nouveau brooch is an extraordinary find from one of our best sources in the British Isles. The wee fellow in the foreground -- a leprechaun, elf, sprite or whatever sort of "fairy down the garden" -- is exquisitely detailed. He's applied atop a repoussé toadstool, overlooking a green loch and golden hills with pretty engraving, beneath a blue sky accented by puffy white clouds.
The enamelwork on this jewel is a tour-de-force and it's in lovely condition. So, too, is the rose gold gilding, which shows only minor losses on the pin. The front is slightly concave and the domed back is beautifully surfaced, either hammered or cast in a dimpled pattern and fitted with the tube hinge and open C clasp indicative of great age. Its pinstem was snipped at some point -- not a bad idea since the elongated ones of the 19th century could so easily draw blood. The jewel measures about 1 1/4 inches round with scalloped and beaded edges. It dates most likely from the 1890s, but could be a little earlier or later.
Besides wearing it in the usual ways, this cutie would look great on a ribbon as a choker necklace or headband -- or on a hat or purse -- or to turn a scarf into a sash. The styling possibilities are just about endless.
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