1870s Victorian Hand Painted Vagabond Boy Porcelain Brooch
In the days before photography was easily accessible, hand-painted portraits and miniatures were highly sought after commodities. Many of these petite works of art were commissioned in remembrance of a loved one and used in mourning jewelry.
However, a large number of these portrait pieces were created by artisans to depict the likeness of everyone from gypsies and royalty to beautiful ladies and Greek gods.
This exquisite piece features a young vagabond boy dressed in vibrant blues and purples hand painted on porcelain. He is encased in an ornate gold-tone setting featuring a heavy metal braided rope spiral wrapped in gold.
Brooch fastens with a 1.75" pin back with a tube hinge and "C" catch.
Very slight surface wear, which is only visible with magnification.