April 30, 2017 · 5:00 am
by Lillian Csernica on April 30, 2017
And so we come to the final letter in the A to Z Challenge. I have chosen Zoo in order to present some of the gorgeous but less commonly seen creatures that have inspired works of Art Nouveau craftsmanship.
Jugendstil Eagle Pendant
Cat Purse Pendant. Silver plique-a-jour enamel. Meyer and Meyle, circa 1900.
A silver, pearl, and plique-à-jour enamel pendant modeled as a duck in flight, by Meyle & Mayer, circa 1900.
Sterling Silver Art Nouveau Frog Brooch.
Art Nouveau Cat Comb
Art Nouveau Horse Pendant. Vintage Brass.
Les Trois Crabes – An important Art Nouveau brooch, by Georges Fouquet. Composed of gold, plique-à-jour enamel, diamonds and pearl. Signed GF twice on brooch frame and pin. French, circa 1900.
Creatures of mythology also figure prominently in art nouveau motifs.
18k Art Nouveau Dragon Pendant.
“Gargoyle” pendant/brooch. Gold, enamel, baroque pearl. Rene Lalique, 1989.
French carved gold and diamond gryphon brooch.
Thank you so much for joining me on this adventure into the world of Art Nouveau. I’m very grateful for your likes, comments, and follows.
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April 29, 2017 · 5:00 am
by Lillian Csernica on April 29, 2017
Of all the pieces of art nouveau treasure I have seen in the course of this Challenge, these are the ones that I truly yearn to possess!
Gold, sapphire, and plique-a-jour enamel pendant. Marcus & Co.
Enamel brooch set with diamonds, circa 1905.
Plique-a-jour diamond, gold and platinum pendant.
Jugendstil brooch. Silver, moonstone, and glass. German maker’s mark, probably Pforzheim.
Of celestial design, the half moon-shaped black opal surmounted by a star motif accented with circular-cut diamond suspending an oval black opal surmounted by similarly set stars further suspending three lines of diamonds each terminating in an opal, completed by a trace link chain, brooch detachable, the opals together weighing approximately 14.50 carats, mounted in 15ct gold.
Yes, the jellyfish earrings. How could I possibly pass these up?
Gold, diamonds, sapphires, and pearls.
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April 28, 2017 · 5:00 am
by Lillian Csernica on April 28, 2017
X is one of the more difficult letters in the A to Z Challenge. Fortunately, the popularity of art nouveau extended into religious imagery as well. This resulted in a dazzling variety of pendants and rosaries.
Vibrant Art Nouveau Champlevé Enamel Antique Cross Pendant
Vintage Spanish Art Nouveau Cross
This large Art Nouveau cross pendant is made in 22 K gold composed of one square-cut amethyst surrounded by four baguette-cut raspberry-pink amethysts. Each amethyst is encrusted in the center with a platinum-on-gold collet-set antique single-cut diamond. The colorful amethysts are set in a floral motive, enhanced with 16 antique single-cut diamonds set in a collet setting made in platinum on gold. Probably Belgium, circa 1900.
Large Antique French Rosary Crucifix/Cross Art Nouveau / Mother of Pearl Beads / Art Nouveau Connector/ Hand Carved MOP Crucifix.
Early 1900s 18k yellow gold crucifix featuring blue and orange glass and plique-a-jour enamel. Signed by P.L. Dasset.
Art Nouveau Montana Sapphire And Carved Gold Cross.
Antique Art Nouveau 18k Diamonds Cross Pendant
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April 27, 2017 · 10:20 pm
This is important, folks. It’s convention season. We want to foster a safe, inclusive, diverse environment. Wear the ribbon and help make that happen.
Geeks Got Your Back (Backup Ribbon Project)
OK, so maybe not the lawyers or the guns, unless the lawyer happens to be this guy:
But money? As the Beatles say, that’s what we want. Due to an attack of Professional Real Life (which also requires money, as such things oft go when one is self-employed), funds for Backup Ribbon Project have gotten severely depleted, to the point where there hasn’t even been any available for postage to mail out ribbons or buttons.
But we here at Backup Ribbon Project are a
resourceful sneaky bunch and remembered “Hey, wait a minute! Don’t we have some sort of fundraiser somesuch doohicky thingamobobby or another going on?” (yes, those are technical SEO terms, so y’all in the peanut gallery can just shut yer pieholes)
A frantic (and somewhat horrifying) search back through our browser history ensued. Followed shortly thereafter by deleting that website about miniature goats wearing Cuban-heeled boots that…
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April 27, 2017 · 5:00 am
by Lillian Csernica on April 27, 2017
Beautiful glitter Art Nouveau waterfall pendant by Georges Fouquet. It is made in yellow gold, with small diamond accents and enamel with a baroque pearl drop.
Louis Comfort Tiffany, Landscape with Waterfall. Stained glass,1920,art nouveau, teaching,education,analysis and study of the picture and style,art,culture,painting.
Four tier Waterfall Chandelier by Hector Guimard, early 1900s.
Art nouveau fountain, Paris France.
The Waterfall Tiara created by Chaumet in 1899. Elements fashioned to imitate sprays of water, set with diamonds, support pear-shaped diamonds with tremble with every movement. Most likely a silver wedding anniversary gift from the Grand Duke Vladimir to the grand duchess.
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April 26, 2017 · 5:00 am
by Lillian Csernica on April 26, 2017
Ca. 1920, Belgium Beautifully decorated tulip-shaped art nouveau vase with special dripping glaze technique. Design is completely de son temps.
Val St. Lambert Art Nouveau Vase — Circa 1900, Val St. Lambert, Belgium. This delightful turn-of-the-century vase is masterfully cut in an exquisite Art Nouveau motif. Foliate tulips interspersed with butterflies around the collar surmount a bold fluted base, giving it visual balance. The delicate purple color is rare and the combination of clear, frosted, and half-tone lavenders complement it perfectly.
Polished pewter vase with art nouveau figural maiden.
Monumental art nouveau vase by Emile Galle.
Majolica Art Nouveau vase by Julius Dresser
Loetz Glace vase.
An Art Nouveau Charles Rennie Mackintosh pewter bud / flower vase, measuring 6.75 inches high, made in Scotland.
Antique art nouveau peacock vase.
Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Overlay Vase.
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April 25, 2017 · 5:00 am
by Lillian Csernica on April 25, 2017
The number thirteen produces strong reactions in people. Many believe the number is unlucky. Much to my surprise, I’ve discovered why many other people insist on believing thirteenth brings good luck. For excellent examples of both sides, click here.
“Lucky” 13 heart charm. Silver and enamel. Germany circa 1900.
18k gold decorated with papyrus leaves and platinum set with tiny rose-cut diamonds. France, circa 1900.
Rose wreath charm with “lucky” 13 inside. Sterling silver, from France.
Sterling silver crescent moon “lucky” 13 charm. Victorian.
18k gold with diamond, ruby, and aquamarine. Late 19th Century.
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April 24, 2017 · 5:00 am
by Lillian Csernica on April 24, 2017
‘Forget-me-nots’ tiara Designed and made by Paul Gabriel Liénard (born 1849) Paris. About 1905. Horn, gold, diamonds and pearls. Qatar Museums Authority © Albion Art
A cyclamen tiara by Faberge. In the late 19th Century it was quite fashionable to have tiaras that could also be worn as necklaces.
House/Maker Henri Sandoz Period Art Nouveau circa 1900. Origin Paris, France. Setting Yellow and green gold, unsigned.
A belle epoque diamond and pearl aigrette, circa 1900, by Cartier. A tiara that can be hung with either sixteen pear-shaped diamonds and sixteen similarly shaped natural pearls. Though the diamond version does have an extra pear-shaped diamond that hangs down to rest on the forehead. (Don’t you just love having that kind of flexibility in your bling?)
A unusual belle epoque tiara, 1900, by Boucheron. In some ways a very Art Nouveau design, with large diamond leaves intertwining sinuously with diamond berries.
Gold, enamel, and mother of pearl. Made by A & J Smith, United Kingdom, circa 1900.
Gold, enamel, pearls and diamonds. Rene Lalique, France, circa 1900.
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April 22, 2017 · 5:00 am
by Lillian Csernica on April 22, 2017
Gold, enamel, emerald, and diamond. French, 1900.
Art Nouveau 18kt Gold, Opal, and Demantoid Garnet Necklace, designed as writhing serpents with five bezel-set opals, the central opal with demantoid garnet accents.
Double snake belt buckle in sterling silver, set with a garnet.
By Philippe Wolfers. Belgium, 1898.
Snake hand bag. Chased silver, antelope skin, silk, and metallic thread. Rene Lalique, circa 1903.
A serpent drinking from a basin. 18k gold, platinum, emerald, and diamond.
A female profile bordered by serpents. Plique-a-jour enamel, gold, opal, and pearl. Rene Lalique, circa 1900.
Art nouveau gold and enamel ear pendants by Rene Lalique, 1900-1902.
Medusa paperweight. Rene Lalique.
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April 21, 2017 · 5:00 am
by Lillian Csernica on April 21, 2017
14k pearl and large cabochon moonstone ring. 1915, Brandt and Son.
A bee/wasp ring. Plique-a-jour enamel, diamond, and peridot.
Rose quartz cabochon set in sterling silver leaves. This ring is very unusual in that rose quartz is an uncommon stone in art nouveau jewelry.
From Lang Antiques:
“A placid pale-blue elongated oval aquamarine floats inside a fanciful and feminine openwork frame accented with twinkling diamond crescents and a pair of golden flowers. This extra-lovely and highly individualistic jewel measures 1 1/16 inches long by just over 5/8 inch wide.”
Egyptian Revival subset of art nouveau. 18k yellow gold, polychrome enamel, opal and rose-cut diamonds.
Georges Fouquet. Gold, enamel, opal, and pearl.
A gold and enamel “Fuschia” ring by Rene Lalique.
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