Authentic Art Nouveau jewels are, as you know if you collect them, becoming very scarce. Even good pieces from the various Nouveau Revival periods are coveted now, so we're thrilled to offer this stunning and finely made brooch from the 1890s or first years of the 20th century, which reached us from a New York estate. Besides wearing it in the usual ways, you could pin it to a ribbon and style it as a choker necklace -- or put it an a hat, headband or purse.
Here the popular Victorian peacock motif is framed by whiplash curves and lavished with surface detail, plus lovely old pastes: two diamantes and a big faux-emerald that's rose-cut. Best of all, this treasure reached us in nearly pristine condition, with virtually no loss of the gleaming, heavily gilded finish. You have to search hard with high magnification to spot any wear. The open C clasp and hinge type are true to the period and the pinstem shows evidence of being shortened at some point (a common precaution after women ceased wearing layers of heavy underclothing, because the extra-long pins worn earlier could easily draw blood). The dainty size of the jewel, about 1 1/8" in each direction, suggests that its first owner was a young lady. Large jewelry, in those days, was considered vulgar on unmarried women.
There's no charge for U.S. shipping (with an equivalent discount on international delivery) and gift-wrap is always free when desired. Please e-mail to confirm availability, order or request more photos. Thanks for looking!