Eye on Art Nouveau Jewelry

• Art Nouveau exhibit leaves an impression
• A calling card of noted designers
• C. Jeanenne Bell delivers new edition of must-have guide

This Art Nouveau necklace features an enameled gold festoon with iridescent enamel and pearls. It's valued at $895. (Photo courtesy of Red Robin)

It is mysterious and sensual, romantic and spiritual, and at times dark and morose. Inspired by nature and the Impressionistic style, and influenced by Asian art culture, this style of jewelry allowed designers to take art into previous unexplored places.

“Art Nouveau jewelry is regarded by many as the most beautiful and technically sophisticated jewelry ever created. It was flamboyant, fantastical, sensual and poetic,” said Yvonne Markowitz, the Museum of Fine Art, Boston’s Rita J. Kaplan and Susan B. Kaplan Curator of Jewelry, in a press release issued by the MFA. “The talented artists who created these jewels achieved their extraordinary results through fluid, undulating forms of audacious, emotionally charged curves – the trademark whiplash line that characterized the movement.”

Markowitz served as curator of the noted exhibit, Imperishable Beauty: Art Nouveau Jewelry. A standout success of the Museum of Fine Art, Boston the show concluded Nov. 9. However, the 100-plus-piece exhibit, on loan from one of the largest Art Nouveau collections in the country, can be seen next November when the exhibit travels to the Cincinnati Art Museum for a two-month showing.

answers to questions about old jewelryOf course that’s no reason not to enjoy the beauty of Art Nouveau now, with the arrival of the new edition of Answers to Questions About Old Jewelry. This must-have for jewelry collectors, artists, designers and appraisers a like features details, history, descriptions, values and photographs of various types of jewelry produced between 1880 and 1950; with plenty of information and coverage of Art Nouveau pieces.

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More Images:

Diamond, enamel, pink tourmaline, and high karat gold combine for this exquisite Georges Fouquet-designed French Art Nouveau brooch. The center features an exquisite spray of flowers, decorated with enamel and old European-cut diamonds at the centers. Total diamond weight is: 2.40 cts., and it is valued at $10,575.
A special design for a Paris exhibition in 1900, this .900 silver buckle is Winged Medusa with opal eyes surrounded by swirling snakes, marked DRGM 900. It is valued at $2,000. (Photo courtesy of Red Robin).

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