Art Nouveau French Cross Taille d'épargne Black Enamel on Gold FillArt Nouveau French Cross Taille d'épargne Black Enamel on Gold FillArt Nouveau French Cross Taille d'épargne Black Enamel on Gold FillArt Nouveau French Cross Taille d'épargne Black Enamel on Gold FillArt Nouveau French Cross Taille d'épargne Black Enamel on Gold FillArt Nouveau French Cross Taille d'épargne Black Enamel on Gold Fill

Art Nouveau Antique French Cross Taille d'épargne Gold Fill on Black Enamel & Brass - Christian Budded or Celtic Cross - Excellent Condition

Over the years I've collected a wide variety of Christian crosses. When I was young, a cross was the only jewellery we were allowed to wear to school..! Hence a lifetime interest and collection commenced..!

I've long collected French antique and vintage jewellery and collected this lovely example on a trip to the French countryside. It would have been made in the late 19th century or early 20th century. This Cross is known as a 'budded cross'. This means a cross with circles or discs on the end of each arm. Budded crosses can be fashioned with anywhere from a single to five buds per cross end, each arrangement having its own symbolism. This one is the most common version, having three 'buds', which represent the Trinity: God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

It is a lovely example of an Art Nouveau era Christian cross pendant It is crafted in thick buttery coloured French Gold Fill and decorated in black enamel - using the 'taille d'épargne' process. This is a variation of champlevé enamelling whereby engraved lines forming a design are incised into the metal and are filled with opaque enamel - usually black. This technique was often used to decorate bracelets, watch cases, chatelaines and mourning jewellery. I have not seen another example of a cross pendant.

This is a lovely example, with intricate botanical themed scrollwork set into the black enamel. It is in very good order.

Marks: It is unmarked. My jeweller confirms it is French Gold Fill over Brass.

Dimensions: The cross has a total hanging length of just under 2.5 inches (6cm) including the bail and jump ring, and is just over 1.25 inch (3.5cm) at its widest. It weighs a nice solid 7.2 grams.

Condition: This Cross is in excellent antique condition. I don't think it has been worn very often. There are only a couple of teeny tiny fleabite chips to the black enamel - only visible under strong magnification. The thick gold fill has a couple of small marks and one tiny scratch, none of which are visible to the naked eye. The yellow gold fill has lovely aged patina - I haven't cleaned it. It appears more 'yellow' under the photography lights than it does in natural light. It has a very nice solid feel.

Overall, a very fine example of a French enamel Art Nouveau era Christian Cross. Wonderful for a collector of French antique jewellery, or a beautiful Confirmation gift.

Australian tracked shipping is $10.00. Overseas tracked shipping is $20. (This is the minimum available postage with tracking from Australia. I do not make any profit from postage.)

Item ID: 00309


Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: Gold & Black, Size: Hanging length of just under 2.5 inches (6cm) Weighs 7.2 grams.

Art Nouveau French Cross Taille d'épargne Black Enamel on Gold Fill

$139 USD

Add to Cart
Questions about this item?
Email Shop

3 other shoppers have this item in their Cart or Wish List


Merry's Jewels


Merry Conway
Hobart
TAS
Australia
  

Sharing a lifetime's collection of treasured jewelry

Beautiful and quality items personally sourced from around the world

Member since 2013

Shipping & Handling:
Standard Flat Rate Shipping Service
$20.00 USD
Insurance:Included
Shipping to: USA
change

More from Merry's Jewels