Art Nouveau is an international philosophy and style of art, architecture and applied art especially the decorative arts that were most popular during 1890–1910. The name "Art Nouveau" is French for "new art". Boy does this brooch fit the bill...
I have just arrived home from a very big shopping trip in New York and this of all things must be my favorite. So Nouveau in every aspect of the piece. The lines, smooth with poppies both blooming and closed around the edge. Three large green paste stones which have the look of Peridot are raised and collet set with the gold colored metal coming all the way around the stones. They are also open backed. My favorite part of this brooch is the large natural piece of Mother of Pearl, I believe. This feels gritty on my tooth so it is possible that it is a natural baroque pearl. It is one or the other. So, please understand that I am not representing this as a (Pearl) however it is absolutely either a piece of natural MOP or a natural baroque pearl. (I do not believe this changes the value of this piece nor have I priced this piece based on that point.) A bar runs through it so the artist had to very carefully drill this. When turned on it's side, it appears to me to be a hound dog. I've had another well versed dealer look at this and he does not agree however I suppose it is open for interpretation. I still believe this looks like a dogs head...
Rolled gold this piece is in perfect condition with no apologies to be made. The original pin is straight and in perfect working order. The open C catch is perfect as well. It is a large piece and measures approximately 2 7/8" x 2 1/2" This brooch is also heavy and weighs 27 grams. French in Origin, Circa 1890.
The workmanship is simply stunning. One of the nicest pieces of Nouveau Jewelry I have had in years. I adore the Art Nouveau Period myself. Artists were free to create fabulous new things and did not focus on precious stones such as diamonds and sapphires, etc. Nor did they fixate on precious metals such as solid gold or Silver.. They simply let their artistic minds wander to a place that allowed a fabulous (New Style!) What a movement.. Questions are always welcome and encouraged.
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Wonderful Antique Art Nouveau Brooch with MOP and Green Paste Stones Rolled Gold ~ Extra Large Scale