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Graceful Art Nouveau Brooch in Gold & Diamonds, Around 1900

Brooches belonged until not so long ago to the indispensable part of a good wardrobe. No lady would have left the house around 1960 without a brooch, because without a brooch the dress was not complete. How and where the brooch was worn on the clothing changed with the respective fashion. In the years around 1900, the so-called "collar brooch" was popular, which was worn on the front of the blouse at about the height of the top button on garments that were closed up high. This is one such collar brooch from the heyday of Art Nouveau in the years around 1900: The brooch is forged from 14-karat gold and features a sparkling setting of a total of ten old European cut diamonds with a total weight of more than half a carat. It presents itself in a stylized floral form as a precious vine with a hanging fruit branch - but without imitating a concrete natural model. In France and Belgium in particular, floral motifs became the epitome of Art Nouveau; one need only think of Victor Horta's creations in Brussels or the entrances to the Paris metro by Hector Guimard. In Germany, this early form of the style was quickly replaced by graphic forms of design, as we can study in the decorations of Darmstadt's Mathildenhöhe, for example. The brooch presented here is a fine example of the early phase of floral Art Nouveau and beautifully demonstrates the grace of the flowing line that was chosen as the guiding principle of the style. The brooch came to us from Nuremberg and is beautifully preserved.


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