Golden gratitude

Delicate art nouveau pendant in gold, platinum & diamonds, Spain circa 1900

One of the great themes of Art Nouveau was the female figure. Especially in France, where Art Nouveau was called, designers celebrated the beauty of women in countless pieces of jewelry. Her soft forms, her free-flowing hair were symbols of youth and life. The enchanting pendant here, made of high karat yellow gold, celebrates this motif. We see a young lady depicted in relief. Her curly, rich hair is adorned with a wreath of leaves and large blossoms hang down from her like a fanciful ear ornament. Surrounding the lady are elegant appliqués of bright silver that appear almost like insect wings. Sparkling diamond roses set glittering highlights here as well as under the floral earrings. The lost gaze of the beauty sees something that remains hidden from us as viewers of the pendant. The pendant was made in Spain in the years around 1900. Because on its back we see the word "gratitud" under an elaborately engraved monogram, which means gratitude in Spanish and Catalan. The Iberian Peninsula was a center of Art Nouveau. The city of Barcelona, where it was called "Modernisme" and where artists like Ramon Casas, Santiago Rusiñol and especially Antoni Gaudí created fantastic works, is worth mentioning. The jewel is in first-class condition and shines as it did at the time of its creation in the yellow gold tone of its fine gold edition, to which the small diamonds add theirs.Thus, a beautiful, period-typical double, finely nuanced coloration is created.

The years around 1900: luxury and pure joie de vivre had been elevated to the ideal of the first decades of the 20th century: The new forms of Art Nouveau enriched art and the decorative arts with decorative forms never seen before. In the Europe of these years, centres quickly emerged whose expression of the new style each took a different path. While in France the School of Nancy led the way and floral motifs were transformed into spectacular new art forms, in Vienna the Wiener Werkstätte emerged with a stricter conception of ornamentation and created total works of art that were to influence almost every area of human life, and thus almost every European centre found its very own expression of this always somewhat exciting style.

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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.