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RARE 10k Whistler's Mother Brooch


This is a rare find!  These Whistler's Mother brooches were sold mainly as souvenir trinkets from around the 1890's - 1920's.  Whistler was one of the few painters who actually garnered fame while he was alive and painting in his prime.  This brooch was painted using a technique called transfer painting or silk screening.  This was a popular form of porcelain painting during this time period.  Some of the paint has rubbed off and blot marks or dotted paint marks are visible from where the paint adhered securely (priced accordingly.)  The 10k frame is hand etched along the entire circumference.  Some dirtying on the back of porcelain is present (please view photos).  The back of frame was acid tested so you can see some polished areas that are a bit brighter than others.  I did not want to polish off to much patina, as it adds to the character of the piece and original time period.  


This beautiful piece belonged to a woman named Maria who immigrated from Chihuahua, Mexico.  As she and her husband Juan were entering into the New Mexico territory on a train, they crossed a trestle that was blown moments later by Poncho Villa.  


* Solid 10k Yellow Gold (tested)
* Silk Screened Porcelain Plate
* Measures 2" inches tall x 1 5/8" inches wide
* 20.93 grams
* c.1880's-1920's


Whistler's Mother, is a painting in oils on canvas created by the American-born painter James McNeill Whistler in 1871. The subject of the painting is Whistler's mother, Anna McNeill Whistler.  It is exhibited in Louvre Abu Dhabi and held by the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, having been bought by the French state in 1891. It is one of the most famous works by an American artist outside the United States.


Anna McNeill Whistler was born in Wilmington, North Carolina, to Charles Daniel McNeill (1756–1828), a physician, and Martha Kingsley McNeill, daughter of Zephaniah Kingsley, Sr. (one of the founders of the University of New Brunswick) and youngest sister of Zephaniah Kingsley, Jr. (a slave trader and plantation owner, and the husband of the African princess Ana Madgigine Jai).


Porcelain painting is the decoration of glazed porcelain objects such as plates, bowls, vases or statues. The body of the object may be hard-paste porcelain, developed in China in the 7th or 8th century.  Typically the body is first fired in a kiln to convert it into a hard porous biscuit or bisque. Under-glaze decoration may then be applied, followed by glaze, which is fired so it bonds to the body. The glazed porcelain may then be painted with over-glaze decoration and fired again to bond the paint with the glaze. Most pieces use only one of under-glaze or over-glaze painting, the latter often being referred to as "enameled". Decorations may be applied by brush or by stenciling, transfer printing, lithography and screen printing.


Porcelain painting was developed in China and later taken up in Korea and then Japan. Decorated Chinese porcelain from the 9th century has been found in the Middle East.  Trade with Europe began in the 16th century. By the early 18th century European manufacturers had discovered how to make porcelain. In the later part of the 19th century china painting became a respectable hobby for middle-class women in North America and Europe.

RARE 10k Whistler's Mother Brooch

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