A French Art Nouveau 18 karat gold pendant locket with mother-of-pearl and diamond. The oval pendant locket designed with baroque mother-of-pearl plaques among swirling seaweed with subtle chased detail, two old mine-cut diamond highlights, approximate total weight 0.16 carats, swiveling open to a locket compartment, suspended from a conforming 14 karat gold chain of oval and circular trace links highlighted by seed pearls (28 inch chain of later manufacture).Note: This work strongly resembles that of Edouard Colonna, a restless, influential, still mysterious Art Nouveau designer, master of a variety of artistic media. His rich and interesting early career was spent in the United States, where he quickly found a position with Louis Comfort Tiffany''s "Associated Artists" interior design firm. While in the U.S. and Canada, Colonna created design books, later viewed as anticipating the decorative language of the Art Nouveau movement. The design volumes drew influences from sources as diverse as broom-corn and other botanical subjects to funerary sculpture from Ravenna. The acme of his career, from 1898-1902, was spent in Paris at L''Art Nouveau Gallery of Siegfried Bing, for whom Colonna designed a salon at the 1900 World Exposition. In a burst of creative energy, Colonna also produced elegant, quietly sensuous jewels integrating highly stylized botanical motifs, which won critical acclaim. Many of the jewels were executed at Bing''s Paris workshop.
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