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Exquisite Art Nouveau Jeweled Gilt Peacock Brooch

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Directory: Estate Jewelry: Gold: Art Nouveau: Pre 1910: Item # 1164217





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$135 Sale. Formerly $185.
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& gift-wrap if desired)

Exquisite Art Nouveau Jeweled Gilt Peacock Brooch
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.

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 brooch, 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. Provenance is a New York estate.

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!


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