Pure Arts and Crafts* design in this truly lovely brooch inspired by nature and countryside beauty. The brooch has been crafted in a design that evokes thoughts of butterflies. The oval cabochon turquoise representing the wings with the smaller, round cabochons the "eyes" on the butterfly's wings. A small, white, baroque pearl suspends from the brooch. Wrought in a finely-crafted yellow gold with a semi-open work frame, the brooch is marked on the reverse with "9ct" and the maker's mark of "BHJ". Fastening via hinged pin in good working order and a C-scroll catch. Measuring approx. 43mm from wing tip to wing tip and 35mm from wing top to the base of the pearl.
* Inspired by the reformist passion of figures such as William Morris and John Ruskin, the Arts and Crafts movement had a huge effect on Victorian society. Its advocates looked to history and to the countryside to counteract the damaging effects of industrial production, developing a quietly revolutionary new take on domestic design.
Source: The V&A Museum