Swirling Art Nouveau Pearl brooch Circa 1910
In the Art Nouveau Era, stylized flowers were once again popular; designs were curvaceous and whimsical. Flowers never used in jewelry before became the norm – water lilies, fuchsias, and poppies. The obsession with botany even in popular culture during the general Victorian period translated into jewelry by way of floral motifs. All sorts of flowers were used designing brooches, lockets, rings, and earrings to convey different sentiments.
Dismissing the symbolic value of serpents as secondary, Art Nouveau artists sought to emphasize the essence of nature, choosing to depict snakes for their highly fashionable curvilinear lines, as we can see in this stunning piece.
The American Art Nouveau period took a new approach to the language of flowers. Presented here, we have a large pansy with two snake-like pearl-encrusted leaves on either side. Small but mighty, this example packs quite the punch.
Materials and Features: pearl, 14k gold
Age/Origin: Art Nouveau, American, c. 1910
Measurements: 1.25", 1.7 grams
Condition: Excellent condition. Minor associated age wear.
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