A charming 'Grand Tour' porcelain portrait of young Queen Louise of Prussia, dating back to late 19th century, circa 1890-1900. Hand painted with all her regal splendour- a flowing pale blue head scarf framed around her face, star decorated headband sitting in her wavy chestnut hair, and double row necklace along neckline. This resemblance was not created during her lifetime (1776-1810), however became a well known work of art in the later 19th century ... and this piece is a beautiful example!
The portrait is set into a brass frame which has the words 'SOUVENIR' along top edge, there is an organic wreath along bottom half of edge, as well black enamel accenting the edge. On the reverse there appears to be a number indented into the porcelain- possibly '55', no other marks can be seen. A pin and 'C' connection is attached to back- pin is slightly loose, however still works fine if were to be worn. There is some scratches to porcelain and small chips to black enamel placed along top.
This piece would've been purchased on the "Grand tour" of Europe as a souvenir in late Victorian era. The grand tour was the standard European vacation of the Georgian and Victorian eras. The opportunity it gave for studying culture, architecture and art made it a tradition, especially for the upper classes. Many pieces were produced mainly Italian cameo, mosaic and pietra dura pieces. I've not seen one before with a porcelain portrait and black enamel decoration.
A charming and collectible piece of 'souvenir' jewelry...