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André Rambour French Art Nouveau Gold and Enamel Pendant

A French Art Nouveau 18 karat gold and enamel pendant by André Rambour. The pendant depicts a maiden within an enamel iris which is suspended by fancy link chain and an enameled foliate top. Shown in the Poster House (New York) exhibition "Alphonse Mucha: Art Nouveau./Nouvelle Femme," June 20-October 6, 2019.

André Rambour French Art Nouveau Gold and Enamel Pendant

French Art Nouveau Gold Enamel, Diamond, Peridot and Plique-à-Jour ''Juliet'' Pendant

A French Art Nouveau 18 karat gold pendant with diamonds, pearls and peridots. The pendant features a plique-à-jour background with rose-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of .60 carat, 3 freshwater pearls and 3 pear and round-cut peridots with enamel decoration surrounding the profile of Juliet. Shown in the Poster House (New York) exhibition "Alphonse Mucha: Art Nouveau./Nouvelle Femme," June 20-October 6, 2019. Note: This exquisite Art Nouveau image depicts Juliet at the moment when Romeo, lingering in the Montague''s garden, catches sight of her on her balcony. She is illuminated by the dawn light, represented in the jewel by the sparkling diamonds framing her head and the panes of glowing plique-a-jour enamel behind her. Though he first sees Juliet dancing with another man, Romeo is not put off, predicting that their love will prove "a beauteous flower" and identifying her with light: "she teaches the torches to burn bright". Meanwhile, behind a veneer of obedience, Juliette, resolute, witty, and loyal, chooses independence in death over life with the man her father has commanded her to marry. In part thanks to his captivating and complex woman heroes like Juliet, Shakespeare "went global" in the 19th century, inspiring world artists not only in drama but painting, printmaking, fiction, music and jewelry.

French Art Nouveau Gold Enamel, Diamond, Peridot and Plique-à-Jour ''Juliet'' Pendant

Art Nouveau Gold, Diamond and Enamel ''Winged Nymph'' Locket

An Art Nouveau 14 karat gold and enamel pendant locket with diamonds. The pendant is decorated with 10 old mine- and single-cut diamonds with the approximate total weight of .30 carats. The relief cover depicts a winged nymph blowing two horns. Engraved in script, "BJ June 29, 1904" on back cover. Chain is a later period addition. Pictured in Masterpieces of American Jewelry, by Judith Price, Echo Point Books & Media, LLC, 2004, page 28. Note: Women at the turn of the century would have quickly identified this figure playing the double flute as Euterpe, the classical muse of musical inspiration. Women were, in fact, the new celebrities of the music world. Since the mid-19th century, woman singers had been blazing a trail through it, as composers began to write parts for sopranos and altos, parts that had previously been reserved for male countertenors. Women star singers dominated the stage, receiving high artistic praise from the newspaper critics. Actively and thoughtfully managing their own careers, they cultivated devoted followers, staging brilliant publicity stunts, quickly rising to the challenge of independence. They realized the need to control their images, and insisted on oversight of costume design, aware that every appearance was critical. This jewel''s musical muse, depicted in the midst of performance and transformation, was a symbolic celebration of women''s daring achievements in this newly opened world for them.

Art Nouveau Gold, Diamond and Enamel ''Winged Nymph'' Locket

Georges Fouquet French Art Nouveau Opal, Pearl, Gold and Plique-à-Jour Enamel Pendant Necklace

A French Art Nouveau gold and plique-à-jour enamel pendant with opals, freshwater and natural pearls by Georges Fouquet. The pendant has 11 opals, 13 freshwater pearls and one natural saltwater pearl. The pendant is designed in a flowing foliate motif with plique-à-jour enamel leaves floating over translucent opals and decorated with clusters of pearls. With signed G. Fouquet box. Exhibited at the Poster House, New York exhibition, "Alphonse Mucha: Art Nouveau./Nouvelle Femme," June 20-October 6, 2019.

Georges Fouquet French Art Nouveau Opal, Pearl, Gold and Plique-à-Jour Enamel Pendant Necklace

Art Nouveau Diamond Enamel and Gold Locket

An American Art Nouveau enamel, 14 karat bloomed gold and diamond pendant locket. The figure on the heart-shaped pendant locket wears an old European-cut diamond ''earring'' with an approximate weight of .04 carat. The uniquely-shaped pendant locket has double-sided compartments.

Art Nouveau Diamond Enamel and Gold Locket

French Art Nouveau Pearl, Diamond, Gold and Silver Pendant

A French Art Nouveau 18 karat gold and silver 4 inch pendant with diamonds and freshwater pearls suspended from a 29 inch 18 karat gold chain with 8 freshwater pearls. The pendant has 40 rose-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of .40 carat, and 13 freshwater pearls. The articulated pendant is designed in a stylized wisteria motif.

French Art Nouveau Pearl, Diamond, Gold and Silver Pendant

Louis Zorra French Art Nouveau Plique-à-Jour Enamel, Gold and Freshwater Pearl Pendant

A French Art Nouveau 18 karat gold pendant/brooch with freshwater pearl drop and plique-à-jour enamel, depicting a maiden in profile against a sky with clouds and framed with pink poppy blossoms by Louis Zorra. The serpentine clouds, the woman''s abundant tresses, and the flower tendrils all follow the organic curvilinear line associated with Art Nouveau. Nature, flowers and women are themes that were often explored in tandem by fin-de-siècle artists. Here they function together to create a harmonious and picturesque scene that delights the eye. Pictured in "The French Aesthetic, Art Nouveau", by Victor Arwas, Andreas Papadakis, page 346.

Louis Zorra French Art Nouveau Plique-à-Jour Enamel, Gold and Freshwater Pearl Pendant

Eugène Feuillâtre French Art Nouveau Gold and Enamel Floral Pendant Necklace

A French Art Nouveau 18 karat gold and enamel pendant necklace by Eugène Feuillâtre. The bell shape pendant is enameled in a whimsical flower and heart shaped leaf vine motif. Chain later.

Eugène Feuillâtre French Art Nouveau Gold and Enamel Floral Pendant Necklace