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This antique Art Nouveau brooch, circa 1900, is a stunning example of the era's fascination with organic and flowing designs. Crafted in a combination of platinum and 18K yellow gold, it features 57 old brilliant cut diamonds and 13 rose cut diamonds, totalling 70 pieces, which elegantly capture the light. The design includes two natural saltwater pearls, adding a touch of refined elegance. Characterized by its 'whiplash' curves and floral motifs, this brooch is a quintessential representation of the Art Nouveau style, embodying the movement's ethos of making art a part of everyday life. Its intricate craftsmanship and harmonious design make it a timeless piece, reflecting the artistic and decorative innovation of the turn of the 20th century.
Antique jewelry object group: brooch
Condition: very good condition
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Country of origin: unknown
Style: Art Nouveau - Art Nouveau (French for New Style) is an international movement and style of art, architecture and applied art - especially the decorative arts - that peaked in popularity at the turn of the 20th century (1890–1905).
The name "Art Nouveau" is French for "new art". It is also known as Jugendstil, German for "youth style", named after the magazine Jugend, which promoted it, and in Italy, Stile Liberty from the department store in London, Liberty & Co., which popularised the style, and in Holland as “Sla-olie-stijl”, Dutch for “salad oil style” after a advertisement poster for this product that was made in that style.
A reaction to academic art of the 19th century, it is characterized by organic, especially floral and other plant-inspired motifs, as well as highly stylized, flowing curvilinear forms. Art Nouveau is an approach to design according to which artists should work on everything from architecture to furniture, making art part of everyday life. Although Art Nouveau fell out of favour with the arrival of 20th-century modernist styles, it is seen today as an important bridge between the historicism of Neoclassicism and modernism.
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Style specifics: Art Nouveau - Although Art Nouveau took on distinctly localised tendencies as its geographic spread increase some general characteristics are indicative of the form. A description published in Pan magazine of Hermann Obrist's wall-hanging Cyclamen (1894) described it as "sudden violent curves generated by the crack of a whip", which became well known during the early spread of Art Nouveau.
Subsequently, not only did the work itself become better known as The Whiplash, but the term "whiplash" is frequently applied to the characteristic curves employed by Art Nouveau artists. Such decorative "whiplash" motifs, formed by dynamic, undulating, and flowing lines in a syncopated rhythm, are found throughout the architecture, painting, sculpture, and other forms of Art Nouveau design.(from: Wikipedia)
Period: ca. 1900
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Material: platinum and 18K yellow gold (touchstone tested)
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Diamond(s): 57 old brilliant cut diamonds with an estimated weight of ± 1.87ct. (colour and clarity: F/I, vs/i).
13 rose cut diamonds and senailles . A senaille is a simplified rose cut diamond, a small diamond chip with perhaps a few polished facets. We do not have the weight of the rose cuts diamonds nor the senailles which is normal in our trade when it comes to rose cut diamonds and senailles.
Total diamond count: 70 pcs.
- All diamond weights, color grades and clarity are approximate since stones are not removed from their mounts to preserve the integrity of the setting.
- All diamonds we offer are screened by the IJGC - lab (www.ijgc-worldwide.com ) for whether they are natural or synthetic, and all diamonds in this jewel are 100% guaranteed to be natural.
Precious stones: Two most probably natural salt water pearls
Birthstones: Diamond is the birthstone (or month stone) for April and pearl for June.
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Hallmarks: No trace.
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Dimensions: 3,23 cm (1,27 inch) x 4,63 cm (1,82 inch) - See picture with a ruler in cm and inches
Weight: 10,90 gram (7,01 dwt)
Adin Reference Nº: 20190-0105
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