The heyday of Art Nouveau

Delicate enamelled flower as pendant & brooch, USA circa 1900

The application of enamel on gold grounds has its origins in 16th century Limoges: this technique, also called painter's enamel or email en plein, can produce particularly flowing transitions and natural shading. In the Art Nouveau period, this technique experienced a renaissance, as it was particularly suitable for reproducing the fine colour gradations and delicate veining of floral motifs. An enchanting example of this technique of transcurrent enamel on gold is the flower shown here. Its leaves are an iridescent shade of green that fades to a luminous pink towards the edges. The shimmering through of the gold gives the colours a metallic sheen, and delicate engravings under the enamelling give the leaves a beautiful structure. Starting from the centre of the flower, where a diamond replicates the pistil, the finely engraved veins extend outwards. Nature was not the only inspiration for Art Nouveau artists on the European continent: in the USA, where this piece of jewellery was created, there was a particular fondness for enamelled blossoms. This piece was created overseas, where the firm of A. J. Hedges & Co in New York was particularly successful with similar works. A concealed hook makes it possible to wear the brooch as a pendant or to attach an additional pendant such as a small pocket watch to the brooch.

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