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Y is for Yearning (Art Nouveau – #AtoZChallenge)


by Lillian Csernica on April 29, 2017

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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!

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Gold, sapphire, and plique-a-jour enamel pendant. Marcus & Co.

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Enamel brooch set with diamonds, circa 1905.

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Plique-a-jour diamond, gold and platinum pendant.

Jugendstil brooch. Silver, moonstone, and glass. German maker’s mark, probably Pforzheim.

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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.

 

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Yes, the jellyfish earrings. How could I possibly pass these up?

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Gold, diamonds, sapphires, and pearls.

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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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G is for Goddess (Art Nouveau – #AtoZChallenge)


by Lillian Csernica on April 8, 2017

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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.

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

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Nike, Goddess of Victory

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

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Zeus and Hera, in gold and sapphire.

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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.

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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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E is for Earrings (Art Nouveau – #AtoZChallenge)


by Lillian Csernica on April 6, 2017

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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!

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Yes, these are indeed jellyfish!

Plique-a-jour enamel, drop-shaped opals, set in gold. Designer Georges Fouquet

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Sterling silver Celtic teardrop earrings.

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Peacock blue opals, diamonds, and sapphires set in gold.

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Enamel and pearl pendant earrings.

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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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D is for Dragonflies (Art Nouveau – #AtoZChallenge)


by Lillian Csernica on April 5, 2017

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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.

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Sterling silver art nouveau dragonfly ring.

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Gold and blue sapphires.

 

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A small, round, moulded-pressed opalescent glass box.

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Tiara: enameled dragonflies all flying toward a large aquamarine.

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Detailed view of the aquamarine and dragonfly tiara.

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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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