Art Nouveau Silver and Enamel Pansies and Heart Slide Pendant

$900.00
About Details History
"Pansy" comes from the French pense meaning "to think." Lovers of a hidden meaning, the five-petaled flower was frequently used in 18th and 19th century love token jewelry to express the sentiment "think of me." This beautiful Art Nouveau slide pendant is enameled with a cluster of multi-colored pansies within a bold black asymmetrical frame. The pendant slides open to reveal a red enamel heart. The not-so-hidden meaning here is: "think of me with love." Hangs from a new 22" sterling silver chain.

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  • Materials: sterling silver, enamel
  • Age: c. 1900
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Size: 1 x 3/4", new 22" chain
  • Location: To see this necklace in person please visit our shop in Nolita, NYC.
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ART NOUVEAU (1890-1910) Art Nouveau gets its name from the Maison de l’art Nouveau, a French art gallery that supported artists and designers working in the new fluid, sensual style. Leading jewelers put more emphasis on the purity and beauty of the design, and less on how it functioned as a product. The female nude and her flowing hair appeared frequently, alongside dreamy, romantic semiprecious stones like moonstone, opal, aquamarine, tourmaline, and peridot. Art Nouveau jewelers, often influenced by depictions of nature in Japanese art, looked to the natural world for inspiration. Orchids, irises, lilies, ferns, snakes, dragonflies, and butterflies were all prevalent motifs. Exquisite enamel work and simpler gem cuts like the the rounded cabochon were favored. The organic shapes of freshwater pearls, shells, coral branches, and turquoise in matrix were admired for their roughness.
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About Details History
"Pansy" comes from the French pense meaning "to think." Lovers of a hidden meaning, the five-petaled flower was frequently used in 18th and 19th century love token jewelry to express the sentiment "think of me." This beautiful Art Nouveau slide pendant is enameled with a cluster of multi-colored pansies within a bold black asymmetrical frame. The pendant slides open to reveal a red enamel heart. The not-so-hidden meaning here is: "think of me with love." Hangs from a new 22" sterling silver chain.

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  • Materials: sterling silver, enamel
  • Age: c. 1900
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Size: 1 x 3/4", new 22" chain
  • Location: To see this necklace in person please visit our shop in Nolita, NYC.
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ART NOUVEAU (1890-1910) Art Nouveau gets its name from the Maison de l’art Nouveau, a French art gallery that supported artists and designers working in the new fluid, sensual style. Leading jewelers put more emphasis on the purity and beauty of the design, and less on how it functioned as a product. The female nude and her flowing hair appeared frequently, alongside dreamy, romantic semiprecious stones like moonstone, opal, aquamarine, tourmaline, and peridot. Art Nouveau jewelers, often influenced by depictions of nature in Japanese art, looked to the natural world for inspiration. Orchids, irises, lilies, ferns, snakes, dragonflies, and butterflies were all prevalent motifs. Exquisite enamel work and simpler gem cuts like the the rounded cabochon were favored. The organic shapes of freshwater pearls, shells, coral branches, and turquoise in matrix were admired for their roughness.
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