A lyrical amethyst color « pâte de verre » cameo depicting Flora, the goddess of spring, in high relief reminiscent of the posters of Alphonse Mucha. A late 19th century Art Nouveau piece, it was probably mounted in a heavy gold brooch setting and has since been replaced with an elegant modern 18k setting that can be worn either as a brooch or a pendant. The bale swivels on a hinged setting. The setting is unmarked but tests as 18k gold. A nice piece in rare, excellent condition.
As an art form, “pâte de verre”, or molded glass, began in ancient Egypt, but gained renown as an art form by French artists Émile Gallé, Antonin Daum and Réné Lalique. The final result is a piece of sculpture that has a surface with a texture that is similar to fine sugar. Interestingly, the Corning Museum of Glass has a video on youtube illustrating the pâte de verre process, in case you are interested.
Dimensions: 1 ¾ “ high x 1 ¼ “ wide x ¾ “ (not including the pin setting) Condition: Excellent