How wonderful to see an Art Nouveau sash pin embellished with a pair of lizards among grape clusters, leaves and vines. And...a huge faux amethyst art glass chaton to boot. What could be more symbolic of the era! You have many choices when it comes to sash pins but when it comes to sash pins with figurals, especially lizards -- you'll see the selection thins to a handful. The beauty pictured in brasstone with a fine patina has all those elements you're looking for. It is an outstanding example of the influences of the period.
The brooch measures an incredible approximate 3 5/8 inches x 1 7/8 inches. The huge bezel set glass chaton stone, with a rich amethyst color is about 20 millimeters. From table to culet about 10 millimeters. The pin weighs about 33 grams.
Condition is very good to excellent antique. Top side is outstanding with all components original and intact. No dents or improper bends. Superb castings and stampings. Detail and dimension beyond compare. Excellent patina. The glass stone does have 4 tiny flea bites in the table / crown area. You may be able to see them upon magnification of the photo. There are no cracks or breaks in the stone. Setting is secure. Upon examining reverse of pin, the pin shaft is original, albeit with a few bends from age / use. The pin hinge mechanism is original but I'm not sure about the pin used to secure the shaft to the mechanism. It may be a replacement or perhaps a reworked original. I can tell you that the pin's hinge is secure with no signs of weakness or loss of function. The shaft will remain in place. The original simple c clasp is intact and the pin remains secure while fastened. There are no chips or bites to the underside of the stone. The sash pin in authentic Art Nouveau era, early 1900s.
While this sash pin is not perfect it is a perfect example of what we all know and love about Nouveau. It has all the bells and whistles. Give these fellows a sash to call home.
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Item ID: 0076
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