S is for Snakes (Art Nouveau – #AtoZChallenge)


by Lillian Csernica on April 22, 2017

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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.

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By Philippe Wolfers. Belgium, 1898.

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Snake hand bag. Chased silver, antelope skin, silk, and metallic thread. Rene Lalique, circa 1903.

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A serpent drinking from a basin. 18k gold, platinum, emerald, and diamond.

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A female profile bordered by serpents. Plique-a-jour enamel, gold, opal, and pearl. Rene Lalique, circa 1900.

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Art nouveau gold and enamel ear pendants by Rene Lalique, 1900-1902.

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Medusa paperweight. Rene Lalique.

 

 

 

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4 responses to “S is for Snakes (Art Nouveau – #AtoZChallenge)

  1. Hmm…wonder if anyone’s done an art nouveau depiction of Jormungand? The Viking snake that circles the world at the bottom of the sea…

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  2. I have never noticed this tendency in Art Neuveou, though I’ve always been fascinated by snakes (don’t ask me why), so this kind of creativity is definitely right up my alley 😉

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    • Lalique seems to have a thing about Medusa, given how many times she shows up in his work. Snakes do make good jewelry, given their form and all the symbolism around them!

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