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T for Tiara (Art Nouveau – #AtoZChallenge)


by Lillian Csernica on April 24, 2017

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A cyclamen tiara by Faberge. In the late 19th Century it was quite fashionable to have tiaras that could also be worn as necklaces.

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House/Maker Henri Sandoz Period Art Nouveau circa 1900. Origin Paris, France. Setting Yellow and green gold, unsigned.

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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?)

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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.

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Gold, enamel, and mother of pearl. Made by A & J Smith, United Kingdom, circa 1900.

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Gold, enamel, pearls and diamonds. Rene Lalique, France, circa 1900.

 

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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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