This exceptional 18K rose gold Art Nouveau pendant as well as brooch truly comes to life through the complementary enamelling around the bas-relief chased profile of a nymph. While gazing to the west, this enchanting creature sights two shooting starsmade of old mine brilliant cut diamonds amidst a pink and yellow enamelled summer dusk. As a wish upon a star, a pearl embellishes the pair of plique-à-jour enamelled green and blue wings while they embrace this abloomed dame.
A very similar jewel is depicted on picture # 30 in the book "Art Nouveau Jewelry" by Vivienne Becker (1985, Thames and Hudson, ISBN 0-525-24345-3)
Antique jewelry object group: Combined brooch-pendant: Although plique a jour enamel is delicate by its very nature this piece is eminently wearable. Thanks to the later addition of a loop on the back it can be worn, either as a brooch or a pendant and in the right setting it wouldmake a truly noble conversation piece.
Country of origin: Although it does not carry any legible control marks we believe this to be of French origin.
Style: Art Nouveau (more info on styles)
Style specifics: Although Art Nouveau took on distinctly localised tendencies as its geographic spread increase some general characteristics are indicative of the form. A description published in Pan magazine of Hermann Obrist's wall-hanging Cyclamen (1894) described it as "sudden violent curves generated by the crack of a whip", which became well known during the early spread of Art Nouveau.
Subsequently, not only did the work itself become better known as The Whiplash, but the term "whiplash" is frequently applied to the characteristic curves employed by Art Nouveau artists. Such decorative "whiplash" motifs, formed by dynamic,undulating, and flowing lines in a syncopated rhythm, are found throughout the architecture, painting, sculpture, and other forms of Art Nouveau design.(from: Wikipedia)
Period: ca. 1890 (events and facts in 1890)
Source of inspiration: Mother Nature
Theme: Woman's head with insect wings
Material: 18K yellow gold (more info on precious metals)
Technique: Plique-à-jour, (French for "braid letting in daylight"} is a vitreous enamelling technique where the enamel is applied in cells, similar to cloisonné, but with no backing in the final product, so light can shine through the transparent ortranslucent enamel. It has a stained-glass like appearance and is considered very challenging technically. (From: Wikipedia)
Extra information:brooch and pendant - Thanks to a discreetly placed ring system in the back, this jewel can also be worn either as a brooch or as a pendant. patina - Oxidation of any surface & change due to age. A natural staining or discoloration due to aging.
Diamonds:Two old mine brilliant cut diamonds with a total estimated weight of approx. 0.15 crt.and one rose cut diamond. We do not have the weight of this diamond which is normal in our trade when it comes to rose cuts. Note: All diamond weights, color grades and clarity are approximate since the stones were not removed from their mounts to preserve the integrity of the setting.
Total diamond weight: approx. 0.15 crt. (without the rose cut diamond)
Precious stones: One pearl. (more info on precious stones)
Birthstones: Diamond is the birthstone (or month stone) for April and pearl for June. (more info on birthstones)
Hallmarks: No trace. (more info on hallmarks)
Condition: extremely good condition (more info on our condition scale)
Dimensions: width 2.78 cm (1.09 inch)
Weight: 13.80 gram (8.87 dwt)
Reference Nº: 10280-4337
Copyright photography: Adin, fine antique jewelry
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