|Brooch of Gold, Basse-Taille Enamel and Rose-Cut Diamonds|
Late Eighteenth-Century, England
The Royal Collection
Image via The Royal Collection Trust and
Courtesy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
A unique and beautiful example of late Eighteenth-Century jewelry-making, this oval gold brooch boasts a left profile relief of Queen Charlotte. The face of the consort of King George III is worked in diamonds on a royal blue basse-taille ground.
The basse-taille technique was revived in the Seventeenth Century and was used well into the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, especially for special custom pieces such as this brooch depicting Her Majesty Queen Charlotte.