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U is for Unlucky (Art Nouveau – #AtoZChallenge)

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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T for Tiara (Art Nouveau – #AtoZChallenge)

by Lillian Csernica on April 24, 2017




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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R is for Rings (Art Nouveau – #AtoZChallenge)

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

by Lillian Csernica on April 19, 2017



Swiss Gold Diamond and Pearl Pendant Watch circa 1905.


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


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.


Gold and enamel lapel watch, circa 1900.


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.


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



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M is for Mother of Pearl

by Lillian Csernica on April 15, 2017




Russian art nouveau necklace.

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


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”.


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



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


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



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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.


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



White gold, platinum, fire opal, and diamond.


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


Pendant, gold, silver, peridot, pearl, and diamond.


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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’.


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



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.


Bentley & Skinner

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.



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


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.


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


V and A Collections

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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G is for Goddess (Art Nouveau – #AtoZChallenge)

by Lillian Csernica on April 8, 2017


I’ve had a lifelong interest in mythology, and Greek mythology in particular. Another abundant theme in Art Nouveau is the female form, presented in profile, the face as centerpiece, a maiden in Nature, and of course, the main Goddesses.

Antique sterling art nouveau locket — large size with repousse Greek Goddess of the Night Nyx. Depicts owl, moon, stars, torch.


Bling Bling

Nike, Goddess of Victory

Gold and enamel, diamond, ruby, pearl and carved opal.


Zeus and Hera, in gold and sapphire.


Diana, goddess of the hunt. Brass plated in antique gold. Fine bronze filigree encases the black and ivory cameo. The pendant is decorated with Swarovski opal stones and a black diamond Czech crystal drop.

The Goddess Ceres. Peachy-pink coral, 14k gold with thistle motif.


Head of the Gorgon Medusa, late 19th Century, Czechoslovakia. The brooch is made of gold, jasper, and pearl. (I include Medusa here because A) some consider her the Goddess of PMS, and B) this is a singular piece.)

This piece of the “Sacred Fire Odyssey” collection represents Vesta, the Goddess of Fire. For me, this is one of Rene Lalique’s supreme creations. From Lalique:

“The majestic, Fine Jewellery Vesta necklace is a perfect demonstration of the House’s craftsmanship and its emblematic jeweller features: a piece that adapts to four different wearing styles, including necklace, brooch or pendant, and the famous mixed-materials technique introduced by René Lalique, in which the precious and non-precious combinations serve the beauty of the motif – a fusion of gold, sapphire, diamond, fire opal, moonstone, engraved mother-of-pearl, cloisonné enamel and crystal.”




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