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Unusual Art Nouveau Cameo in Red Gold Setting, Around 1910


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Unusual Art Nouveau Cameo in Red Gold Setting, Around 1910
Unusual Art Nouveau Cameo in Red Gold Setting, Around 1910
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The warm months provided much of the motifs for the artists of Art Nouveau. Just as the first blossoms of spring herald the new year and the restart of life after the dark winter, Art Nouveau in the evening years of the 19th century wanted to make a fresh start in the realm of art and life as a whole. Flowers, tendrils, animal and nature motifs dominated the formal world of this new style - recourse to existing forms and ornaments was to be avoided as far as possible. The fact that this claim to innovation also had an effect on the craft tradition of the cameo cutters can be seen in the present shell cameo. Almost without exception, 19th century cameo cutters drew on well-known motifs from art - famous paintings, reliefs, and even Roman coins. It was in the nature of things that these models were usually created much earlier than the cameos themselves. Here, however, the pictorial invention is a contemporary one - presumably even an independent, original one, entirely in keeping with the taste of the linear Art Nouveau style of the years around 1910. The profile of a young woman rises white before the rosy ground of the shell. To her left and right are a flower and a butterfly. What exactly is depicted is left to the viewer's imagination: Is it an allusion to the mythical figure of Psyche, Cupid's lover, whose attribute is the butterfly? Or is it an ode to youth and spring, in keeping with the spirit of optimism of the time? We were able to discover this unusual piece of jewellery in the Netherlands. Its setting consists of high-carat sheets of red gold placed around a body of silver.
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Unusual Art Nouveau Cameo in Red Gold Setting, Around 1910
A New Beginning
€ 1,490.00 *
Content 1 piece
Incl. VAT, Shipping
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