A rare cloisonné enamel belt buckle

Belt buckle


18th century
Length: 5 1/2 in, 14 cm

each part is formed of a cloisonné enamel quatrefoil panel, decorated with an orchid issuing from rocks in coloured enamels on a turquoise ground, inset into a gilt-bronze mount. The gilt-bronze loop is cast and chased with two dragons and cloud scrolls.