Thomas Sully’s 1838 portrait of Queen Victoria was the inspiration for the French Jeweller FELIX DEFRIQUE’s commesso brooch which was exhibited at the GREAT EXHIBITION of 1851. A COMMESSO is a carved cameo shell enhanced with emeralds, diamonds, and rubies. For Defrique’s unique and exquisite workmanship, Prince Albert awarded him with a special recognition. Today the jewel is exhibited at the V&A on the Cromwell Road. Isn’t it exquisite. Wonderful!
Thomas Moore email: TMooreSr@me.com Telephone: 801.791.9918