Here is an exquisite pair of antique, shirt studs from France. They are marked ‘Titre Fixe’, a mark founded in 1823 with a secret formula for this type of 18 carat gold filled jewellery. It was later shortened to ‘FIX’. In exuberant Art Nouveau style, they are signed by the celebrated French engraver, Emile Dropsy (1858-1923).
The French are very familiar with the concept of elegant, gold filled jewellery so thick that there hardly ever signs of wear. The designs and quality are generally so good that they are hard to tell from their solid gold counterparts.
The fronts each measure 3/8” (1cm) across.They are attached to a rose gold egg shaped back by a short stalk which bears the mark of ‘Savard’, the originator of Fix. Their backs are marked ‘Titre Fixe’. Together they weigh 2.3 grams.
The raised images on the fronts are most exquisitely formed. A lovely , Art Nouveau lady with flowing hair is smelling the perfume of a carnation. There are carnations on the left and the stems flow round the edge and into the lady’s hair. At the base are the initials ‘E.D’ for Emile Dropsy.
These exquisite studs are in fine antique condition. The gold really glows as it would have done the day they were made. They will arrive in a gift box.
French Art Nouveau Gold Filled 'FIX' Shirt Studs - DROPSY