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 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 19, 2017 · 5:00 am
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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April 14, 2017 · 5:00 am
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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April 11, 2017 · 5:00 am
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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April 10, 2017 · 5:00 am
by Lillian Csernica on April 10, 2017
For those who don’t know me, I have long hair all the way down to my hips. My romance heroines have long hair. That’s appropriate to the time periods I prefer, plus there is a lot more romantic potential in grooming long hair, pinning it up, letting it tumble down, etc.
The jewelers who favored Art Nouveau designs enjoyed working with women’s hair, whether up, down, or something entirely different!
Art Nouveau pendant “Poésie” by Paul and Henri Vever, Paris, circa 1900
Unger Bros., sterling silver brooch, circa 1900.
Gold, enamel, diamond, emerald, pearl.
Gilded silver locket with chalcedony. German, 1900.
Sterling silver brooch. Unger Bros.
Gold, enamel, diamond, and pearl. French, 1900.
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April 6, 2017 · 5:00 am
by Lillian Csernica on April 6, 2017
Earrings are by far my favorite form of jewelry. I like to make them and I love to wear them. It took a real effort to settle on just a few fabulous Art Nouveau sets to display here!
Yes, these are indeed jellyfish!
Plique-a-jour enamel, drop-shaped opals, set in gold. Designer Georges Fouquet
Walker Metalsmiths Celtic Jewelry
Sterling silver Celtic teardrop earrings.
Peacock blue opals, diamonds, and sapphires set in gold.
Enamel and pearl pendant earrings.
Moonstones, sapphires, and diamonds set in gold.
Handcrafted in rose and green 14k gold and set with round and drop shaped sparkling golden green Uralian chrysolites.
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April 5, 2017 · 5:00 am
by Lillian Csernica on April 5, 2017
Another common motif in Art Nouveau is the dragonfly, particularly in the creations of master jeweler Rene Lalique. His name is synonymous with all that is best in Art Nouveau.
From The Jewellry Editor:
The dragonfly embodied many of the themes that the Art Nouveau style evoked: nature; sensuality; metamorphosis from one physical form to another; and a more fantastical approach as in the case of Lalique’s dragonflies turning into women.
Sterling silver art nouveau dragonfly ring.
Gold and blue sapphires.
A small, round, moulded-pressed opalescent glass box.
Tiara: enameled dragonflies all flying toward a large aquamarine.
Detailed view of the aquamarine and dragonfly tiara.
Gold dragonfly pitcher by Emile Galle.
There are so many lovely examples of dragonfly art in the world of Art Nouveau. I have room to show only a few. I hope these will encourage you to explore the world of Lalique and his talented contemporaries!
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