This large-scale circular scent flask is made in silver and wonderfully detailed with a pattern of sunflowers and dynamic swirls. The Art Nouveau vessel is fitted with a long link chain and a screw top closure with a figaro safety chain. The neck of the bottle features the engraved initials of its original owner, "AMC," on one side and German hallmarks on the reverse. Hands from a new 22" sterling silver chain.
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.