This brooch is a beautiful example of Khokhloma, the Russian folk art of painting floral and fairy tale motifs on lacquered wood. This example is moody with pinkish-lavender flowers and deep green leaves in a gold scrollwork frame. The brooch is signed in Russian and dated "96". There is a slight rectangular mark on the back where there was a price tag at some point-- this does not show when the brooch is worn.
Brooch is 2" or 5cm in diameter.