Art Nouveau from Paris

Antique diamond brooch & necklace by Georges Fonsèque, circa 1905

When one thinks of Art Nouveau, one thinks of Paris. This is where the great world exhibition entitled "Balance of a Century" took place in 1900, but instead of looking back on what had been, a new fashion triumphed here: Art Nouveau. It was on display for the first time at this great exhibition in all its fullness of form and delighted visitors in droves. One of the most memorable new forms of this style is dynamic, sweeping lines. They have the effect of flying whips and ensured that contemporaries also referred to the style as coup-de-fouet style, the style with the lash of a whip. This piece of jewelry from Paris showcases the beauty of Art Nouveau at its finest. It is made of platinum and richly set with diamonds. Four sweeps form a frame reminiscent of a budding magnolia. Two large old-cut diamonds sparkle in wonderful white fire, once in the center of the frame, once as a pendulum attached to the shape below. The jewel is the work of the Parisian goldsmith Georges Fonsèque, who ran his studio at 85 rue Richelieu between 1903 and 1929. He was one of the most important jewellery artists of his time, celebrated among other things for his grape brooch, which, made in numerous variations, is now a sought-after collector's item. Here his work shows how much he had internalized the style of the new era and with what elegance and finesse he was able to speak the language of Art Nouveau. The piece of jewellery can be worn as a brooch and as the centrepiece of a fine platinum necklace. For this purpose, the brooch and the pin can be unscrewed and an antique platinum chain is included, which can be attached to the jewel with two spring rings. The Parisian piece of jewellery came to us from the south of England.

"On our childhood weighed the paralyzing overabundance of things, not even one of which could make us happy...". Full of weariness, Henry van der Velde retrospectively summed up his discomfort with the art of the late 19th century. Too many forms, too much decoration swallowed up even the smallest utilitarian object, captivated the eye so much that no peace, no relaxation wanted to set in. Together with other artists of his generation, van der Velde therefore searched for new forms, for simple, reduced beauty, for a new way of expression in keeping with the times - and the works they created, art, decorative arts, architecture and jewellery, we know today under the name "Art Nouveau".

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If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.