An exquisite rare antique double sided and carved large rectangular mother of pearl gambling chip, with an elaborate Chinese courtyard and people scene, set in 14k yellow gold bezel brooch / pin frame. The iridescent shimmer on the mother of pearl is hard to capture but so beautiful.
The reflection of light and camera shown on the pictures does not do this piece justice. It is a perfect piece, the natural large mother of pearl and its carving must have been by a master.
The carving is so exceptional and full of beautiful detailing and sophistication. Both sides depict courtyard sceneries. The front includes a seated scholar holding a scroll, a walking boy spinning a toy and an older lady standing and watching, with gazebo, trees and numerous small building structures in between. The edge is adorned with traditional lucky Chinese symbols: bats, fruits and flowers. The back has similar trees and buildings but in the center is round and polished with beautiful cursive "HRMM" monogram.In the Victorian time, very prominent English families sometimes would commission Chinese artists and jewelers custom make gambling chips for them with initials or family crests on them. The survived lucky few pieces would be made into jewelry sometime in the history for preservation. An elegant piece in this size, quality and condition is extremely rare. This fine piece is approx. 2.75" x 1 1/8". A bail could be easily added on to wear as a pendant.
The item "Antique Chinese carved mother of pearl chip 14k yellow gold large brooch pin big" is in sale since Saturday, May 2, 2020. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Cameos". The seller is "uyakiss" and is located in Seattle, Washington. This item can be shipped worldwide.