Monthly Archives: April 2017

Q is for Queen (Art Nouveau – #AtoZChallenge)


by Lillian Csernica on April 20, 2017

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Queen Matilde of Belgium’s diamond art nouveau brooch.

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1907 Diadem by Cartier Paris. Ordered by Princess Marie Bonaparte for her marriage to Prince George of Greece and Denmark.

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After the Empress Josephine was divorced from Napoleon, she ordered this tiara from Faberge in 1890. The briolette diamonds were a gift to her from Tsar Alexander I.

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Chaumet, 1908. Made for the Marquise de Talhouet. Classic scrolling foliate tiara. A larger, cushion-cut diamond sits atop the large circular diamonds at the center.

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Imperial Russian heart brooch by Faberge, circa 1895. An asymmetrical heart frames a gold trellis work, each intersection set with a brilliant-cut diamond, all surmounted by a diamond-set forget-me-not.

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Faberge strikes again! An openwork trellis of white gold set with truly stunning emeralds. The choker can be detached from the collar, allowing the two necklaces to be worn separately.

 

 

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P is for Pocket Watch (Art Nouveau – #AtoZChallenge)


by Lillian Csernica on April 19, 2017

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Swiss Gold Diamond and Pearl Pendant Watch circa 1905.

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Gold, cabochon emerald, diamond and green enamel lapel watch. Marcus & Co., circa 1900.

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Museum Quality Enamel and Gem set Lapel Watch by Haas Neveux. 18K Yellow Gold with Fine enamel, gold chasing and accented with numerous Rose cut Diamonds. Stem set Jeweled Nickel lever movement. Porcelain Dial with sunk seconds chapter and Gold hands. Matching case and Movement Numbers and also having the name of Boston Retailer Smith Patterson & co engraved on the movement.

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Gold and enamel lapel watch, circa 1900.

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Art Nouveau 18kt Gold, Enamel, and Diamond Open Face Pendant Watch, the case with enamel flowers and rose-cut diamonds, the cuvette with guilloche enamel, hammered gold accents, the white enamel dial with Arabic numeral indicators and subsidiary seconds dial, stem-wind and stem-set, 27 mm, and suspended from a conforming watch pin, total lg. 2 1/2 in.

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Antique art nouveau Moon Celestial Pocket Watch holder stand. Solid bronze.

 

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O is for Owl (Art Nouveau – #AtoZChallenge)


by Lillian Csernica on April 18, 2017

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Owl pendant in gold, silver, and enamel, clutching a pearl. Faberge, Moscow, Russia, 1916-1917.

 

Green and rose enamel. The gemstone is likely amethyst.

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Ladies’ evening bag. Leather with textured detailing back and front. Banded agate eyes with rubies surrounding them. Diamond-set beak and claws.

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Hair comb by Paul and Henri Vever, circa 1900. Honey-colored horn embellished with jewels.

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Stomacher brooch by Cartier, 1907. Platinum, diamonds, eight sapphires.

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Art Nouveau owl bookends.

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French art nouveau brooch by Gautrait. Enameled gold, diamond, sapphire and opal.

 

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N is for Names


by Lillian Csernica on April 17, 2017

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Today I present to you the masters of the exquisite treasures produced during the Art Nouveau/Jugendstil movement.

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Peter Carl Faberge (Russia)

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Georges Fouquet (France)

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Emile Galle (France)

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Rene Lalique (France)

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Archibald Knox (England)

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Gustav Klimt (Austria)

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Sir Arthur Liberty (England)

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Carl Hermann (Germany)

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Alphonse Mucha (Czech Republic)

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Louis Comfort Tiffany (United States)

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Philippe Wolfers (Belgium)

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M is for Mother of Pearl


by Lillian Csernica on April 15, 2017

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Russian art nouveau necklace.

Antique French 19th Century Palais Royal Trinket. Mother of pearl shell, a servant bell, ormolu, and a bird.

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The “Dawn and Twilight Bed” made by Emile Galle in 1904. Rosewood, ebony, mother of pearl, and glass. From Art Nouveau Style:

The bed symbolizes dusk, dawn and life. Dusk is a butterfly at the headboard with a landscape of night. Dawn is a butterfly at the foot of the bed, illustrating the renewal of the day. The crystal part of Dawn is said to represent life as a “cosmogenic egg”.

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Gold, mother of pearl and opal pendant by Archibald Knox for Liberty & Co., circa 1900.

 

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Art nouveau figural table lamp by Gustave Gurschner. Bronze with patina and two nautilus shells polished to reveal the mother of pearl. Circa 1900.

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Art Nouveau French buttons. Silver filigree encases purple abalone, a member of the nacre or mother of pearl family.

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Mother of Pearl hair comb.

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L is for Leaves (Art Nouveau – #AtoZChallenge)


by Lillian Csernica on April 14, 2017

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A gold brooch with emerald drops, old European-cut diamonds, and green and light pink plique-a-jour enamel. Marcus & Co., circa 1900.

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A sterling silver ring with two ginko leaves holding a mother of pearl. Dumont, circa 1900.

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A brooch in the shape of Birch leaves and seedlings, made of enamel and horn.

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Gold, enamel, diamond and peridot “Ivy” brooch. Likely Austrian, circa 1900.

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Leaf Brooch by Lalique. Gold, plique-a-jour enamel, and sapphire. 2 1/8 x 1 inch.

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Water Lily leaf hair combs in green tinted horn with moonstones.

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Iridescent enamel leaves accented with fresh water pearls. This pendant is likely the work of Meyle and Mayer, a German firm.

 

 

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K is for Archibald Knox (Art Nouveau – #AtoZChallenge)


by Lillian Csernica on April 13, 2017

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From Wikipedia:

Knox’s hundreds of designs for Liberty‘s made his style widely known,[8] (though not his name, as Liberty’s kept their designers anonymous) as did his watercolours, graphic designs and fonts. His design talent covered a wide range of objects, ornamental and utilitarian, and included silver and pewter tea sets, jewellery, inkwells, boxes, gravestones and even bank cheques,[9] much for Liberty’s Tudric (pewter) and Cymric (precious metals) ranges. The gravestone of Liberty’s founder, Arthur Lasenby Liberty, was designed by Knox.

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Composed of platinum, gold, diamond, enamel, and opal. In this pendant for Liberty & Co., Knox used opal mosaic to depict a painterly scene of a boat outlined by a fiery sunset on London’s River Thames.

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Collection of silver buckles. Cymric, circa 1901-1911.

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White gold, platinum, fire opal, and diamond.

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Gold and opal brooch by Archibald Knox for Liberty & Co. The oval stone within a whiplash mount.

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Art Nouveau design copper humidor by Archibald Knox.

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J is for Jugendstil (Art Nouveau – #AtoZChallenge)


by Lillian Csernica on April 12, 2017

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From Macklowe Gallery:

Sometime synonymous with the term Art Nouveau, Jugendstil, meaning “Youth Style” in German, got its name from the magazine Jugend that first promoted the style. In the early 20th century the term only applied to two-dimensional examples in the graphic arts, later expanding to incorporate a broader range of the arts from architecture to decorative arts. Drawing from traditional German printmaking, the style uses precise and hard edges, an element that was rather different from the naturalistic style of the time.

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Jugendstil pendant, silver, enamel, and amethyst. Carl Hermann, Germany, circa 1900.

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Bird brooch, gilded silver, plique-a-jour enamel, pearl. German, circa 1900.

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Pendant necklace with tourmaline, gold, silver, and green enamel.

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Silver, plique-a-jour enamel, and dyed green chalcedony. Theodor Fahrmer.

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Jugendstil chatelaine, silver, enamel, and chalcedony. Germany, circa 1900.

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The pendant features a bell flower carved from ox bone with rubies set above it and marcasite stones set into the leaves.
The surround is German silver marked for 900 purity
with the makers mark AM which is Adolf Mayer and the mark
‘Original Handarbeit’.

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Fish pendant. Gilded silver, garnet, chalcedony. Eduard Schopflich.

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I is for Insect (Art Nouveau – #AtoZChallenge)


by Lillian Csernica on April 11, 2017

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A butterfly with a cushion-cut aquamarine and cabochon opal body, extending blue and green plique-a-jour enamel wings, enhanced by cabochon rubies and calibre-cut emeralds, accented by a collet-set diamond and gold wirework detail, mounted in gold. Boucheron, 1900.

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A Victorian moonstone and diamond beetle brooch, the body of the beetle brooch set with cabochon-cut moonstones, the head and central streak of the body set with old brilliant-cut diamonds, estimated to weigh a total of 0.6 carats, with cabochon-cut ruby eyes, all set to a yellow gold back and sword with pearl set to the handle. Circa 1890.

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An Art Nouuveau gold, enamel, and opal scarf clip. Georges Fouquet, 1900s. Centering on an opal cicada set between open work enamel ivy leaves.

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Sprigs of mistletoe set with circular and rose-cut diamonds, highlighted with pearls, to a central knife edge work web with a spider, its head a circular-cut diamond and its abdomen a similarly cut diamond of brown tint.

If you like spider jewelry (shudder!), you might enjoy this.

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Brooch with stylized bees. Natural pearls, green enamel, and 18k gold.

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Gold and enamel brooch in the shape of a flower and a hornet, made by Georges Fouquet and designed by Charles Desrosiers. Paris, France, 1901.

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Blogging from A to Z: H is for Humane Society


Please consider buying a copy of Sharon’s memoir. It’s a great read for lovers of cats, dogs, and all animals. You’ll be supporting a great writer and helping more animals in need.

Sharon E. Cathcart

hIf you’ve known me for any length of time at all, you will soon hear about my passion for animal rescue and humane education.  I was always the one bringing home a stray cat or wanting to adopt a puppy from the box outside the grocery store, as a kid (I grew up in the 1970s and 1980s, in a rural part of Oregon … that was a common sight at the time).

I wanted to be a veterinarian when I grew up, so that I could help animals.  Unfortunately, that dream got put on the shelf.  While my language skills were in the tippy-top percentile, my math skills were not.  It was not until adulthood that I learned I had dyscalculia.  Anyway, those math grades were enough to keep me out of veterinary school, so I put that dream on a high shelf.

IllustrationCut forward to many years…

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