Vintage CZECH PANSY reverse painted necklace
Sometimes these pieces are referred to as goofus glass, but I think most people can relate to reverse painted. WHat is most unusual about this is the fact it looks like butterfly wing in the background. Not sure but when you hold it to the light you can see that beautiful luminescence that the wings give off. The photos don't do this pendant justice because not only is is reverse painted and carved under glass, but the pansy looks like it is rising up from this eerie background and that just brings these violet colors stand out and make you say AHHHH!!. The coral color glass beads are made to look like tiny shells and they have the soft pink which graduates to a darker shade. This is not a small necklace by far and with the double swag strands it really is quite beautiful. The gilt brass spacers really add character to this pretty piece. The necklace is 20" long on the shortest strand and then there is the additional 2" pasted and gilt brass pendant. This has a filigree box clasp at the top. The back of the pendant has lost its gold color but that does not show when worn. The front has darkened as most antique brass does. I believe the paste rhinestones are all original too. This is probably an edwardian / Nouveau piece since it has the swag front. Look great on and is one of the more unusual pieces from this period that I have sold.
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