This picture of beautiful Winter Palace and Alexander Column in front of it is hand painted onto the mother of pearl brooch and is set in German silver. The shadows painted into this picture give it the allusion of a photograph.
The Alexander Column is a monument to the Russian military victory in the war with Napoleon's France. The monument is 155 feet 8 inches tall and is topped with a statue of an angel holding a cross (the face of the angel is said to be modeled on the face of Emperor Alexander I). It was built between 1830 and 1834, and stands in front of the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Russian Brooches are hand painted on mother-of-pearl bases that are nested into metal frames with a pin on the back. They are painted in Fedoskino style. Fedoskino is the famous Russian school of miniature painting.