Art Nouveau Jewellery
The Art Nouveau style of art and design became popular during the late 1800s and continued to influence architecture, metalwork, textiles, interior design and jewellery until 1919. The period overlapped both the Victorian and Edwardian periods and was looked down upon by proponents of both eras. The traditional Victorians and Edwardians found the celebration of nature, the sensual word and the female form that was frequent in Art Nouveau jewellery to be shameful and decadent, which only contributed to its popularity.Unlike the jewellery of the Victorian and Edwardian styles, Art Nouveau jewellery used less-expensive materials so that the pieces were more affordable. Rather than using costly gems and precious metals, jewellery designers incorporated horn, ivory, moonstones, peridot and topaz. While the affordability made the jewellery popular with the public, it also contributed to the decline of the Art Nouveau style. Over-commercialisation and mass-production in the 1900s led to the movement's end in 1919. Art Nouveau jewellery features motifs that highlight feminine freedom and eroticism, changing seasons, mythical influences and the passion within nature. A motif that is commonly found on an Art Nouveau brooch is a partially clothed woman with long, flowing hair being transformed into a winged figure. Mythical creatures including serpents, sea creatures and dragons are also popular features in Art Nouveau jewellery. Though the movement ended in the early 20th century, it created a lasting influence on jewellery design. Art Nouveau antique jewellery is very popular with collectors today. A striking Art Nouveau ring or necklace can give your modern jewelry collection a unique and historical twist.
|Antique Art Nouveau, Embellished Rhinestone & Celluloid Flower Hat Pin Ref: mvshp9606|
Antique Hat Pin. Circa 1930s. Unusual curled tulip shape, of black celluloid, embellished with clear rhinestones and cream painted detail. Good condition. Aged even patina to stones, indicative of age.
Size: 30mm wide, 60mm long. Pin length: 60mm. Overall length: 120mm. Unique and original.
|Signed Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Bracelet. Circa 1940s Ref: mvsb9532|
Circa 1940s. Original vintage sterling silver bracelet of Lily flowers and leaves with swirly open work decoration. Linked for fluid movement and comfort. Catch clasp and hoop. Good Condition. Signed: Signed Carl Schraysshuen for October 1941. And patent no. "pat 130141'. Hallmarked "sterling". Size: 7" (180mm) long, 24mm wide, 12mm deep. (small)
|Antique Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Delft China Brooch Ref: mvsor9643|
Circa 1880-1910s. Art Nouveau sterling silver brooch of Blue and white china cabochon, depicting windmill scene, surrounded by fronds and leaves.Traditional pin and hook. Good condition. No hallmark which is often the case in early pieces. Size: 28mm long, 20mm wide, 6mm deep.
| Vintage Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Brooch Ref: mvsor9409|
Original vintage brooch. Circa 1930's. Art Nouveau.
Two large faceted open backed glass cabochons with ivy leaves and bow. Claw set in sterling silver. Traditional roll over clasp and pin. Aged Patina. Hallmarked Sterling. Unsigned.
Dimensions 60mm wide, 40mm long, 10mm deep.
| Vintage Art Nouveau Lucite Floral Brooch Ref: mvor9036|
A genuine vintage brooch. Circa 1930s Art Nouveau. Light blue lucite flowers with clear rhinestone centres, surrounded with more rhinestones set in silver tone base metal floral bouquet design. Unsigned. Size: 40mm x 65mm