Presenting a Antique French Art Nouveau carved Cicada brooch / pin with 9k gold pin circa 1910.
This piece is a rare find today. Very few of these pieces have survived in tack. The brooch is made of carved bull or mountain goat horn and has the luminous, slightly iridescent sheen characteristic of the material.
The brooch measures 2.75" x 1.325" x .4" and weighs 10.6 grams. It closes securely with a c-clasp pin.
This piece is in excellent antique condition with no cracks, breaks or repairs. There is some slight loss of stain on the head of the brooch. There are barely visible hallmarks etched into the back of the brooch with unknown initials for makers or location marks. There is no metal marks but the pin tests as 9K gold. JSP testing solution is used to verify precious metals. This item was microscopically examined.
Bull or mountain goat horn...was sliced, carved (and) polished by hand. Horn slices were soaked in hydrogen peroxide for translucence, then stained and shellacked to preserve sheen". The result is as fresh and glowing today as when it was made.
The Cicada is a symbol of rebirth and longevity. Cicada also speaks of the ability to “shed one’s skin” and emerge as something new and different in life. Coming out of your shell and expressing yourself. There was a great interest in Egypt in the early 20th century as Tutankhamun had been discovered. This led to what is called the Egyptian Revival style and many pieces were made to celebrate the period.
The Art Nouveau movement was from 1885 to 1910. It focused on sensual lines and images of the female figure and forms in nature. The whiplash curves and exaggerated lines created a feeling of lushness and opulence.
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