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Art Nouveau Gold and Plique-à-Jour Portrait Brooch Pendant

Item Description

German Art Nouveau gold pendant, its shaped outline framing the head and shoulders of a young maiden seen in profile as she looks up towards an opening enamelled flower on a long leafy stem.

She wears a little old-cut diamond in her long hair, and behind her the intricately detailed background is plique-à-jour enamelled in blue, the shade darkening as it nears the top. Suspended beneath is a natural pearl forming the drop.

Fitted behind with both a brooch pin and a ring for a chain so that it may be worn as either a brooch or a pendant as preferred.

Almost certainly made in Pforzheim circa 1900 but showing no maker's mark.

The gold has been tested as 14 ct and the necklace chain is 9 ct.

A quite beautiful piece of Art Nouveau jewellery, supplied complete with the fitted box from the original Vienna retailer.

3.75 cm long, including the pearl drop, with the slightly later necklace chain measuring approximately 38 cm in length.

Ref: 15234

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