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Art Nouveau, or the ‘new art’, emerged throughout Europe in reaction to the confusion of numerous historical revivals of the 19th century.
Designers were concerned with the present and future, over history and tradition. Inherited styles were discarded and gave way to a fresh, functional perspective influenced by the clean lines of Japonisme.
Art Nouveau flourished from the late 1890s until the beginning of the First World War. The term was coined from the shop Maison de l’Art Nouveau, owned by Siegfried Bing in Paris; a showcase for the best in modern European and American design. Its influence is evident in jewellery, painting, sculpture, architecture and ceramics. The movement even touched French transport, look no further than the inimitable entrances of Paris metro stations.
Art Nouveau was met by outrage in Paris and London for it’s eroticism. A controversial new look that centred on the sinuous female form and stylized botanical motifs. The Belgians refered to it as the “eel” or “noodle” style in reference to its distinctive swooping lines and supple curves. It is considered the first conscious attempt to develop a modern style as botanical research and Darwin’s Origin of the Species made their impact on the arts.  Artists and designers studied the natural world and human form rather than the past as their source of inspiration. Collectors might find themselves pouring water from a jug that resembled a modern equivalent of a page three girl!
Colours were natural, a muted palette of browns, lilacs, sages and mustard was cut through with vibrant blues. The colour scheme became known as ‘greenery valley’.
No overview of Art Nouveau would be complete without mentioning Charles Rene Mackintosh, Aubrey Beardsley and René Lalique; masters in their crafts who left an enduring design legacy.

The ethereal femininity and fantasy figures of the Art Nouveau period are unmistakeable. Jewellers caught the full life cycle of plants, humans and animals with their heavily stylised design and swirling lines.  Enamel enabled craftsmen to create highly detailed pieces in line with their observation of the natural world.

The Art Nouveau movement followed the general artistic revolt against the stiff Victorian era.  Soft cabochon cut gemstones and pearls were mounted in flowing yellow gold scrollwork.

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  • Art Nouveau 14ct Gold & Platinum, Diamond & Sapphire Ring

    £2,950
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  • Silver, Gold & Enamel Art Nouveau Pendant By R Isaac

    £2,250
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  • Arts & Crafts Silver & Moonstone Ring Attributed to Henry George Murphy

    £1,275
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  • French Art Nouveau Platinum & Diamond Brooch

    £2,950
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  • Art Nouveau Silver & Enamel Buttons by Liberty In Original Case

    £1,500
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  • Art Nouveau 18ct Gold, Platinum & Two Stone Diamond Crossover Ring

    £2,250
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  • Art Nouveau Sapphire Diamond & Ruby Trefoil Ring

    £1,875
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  • Art Nouveau 18ct Gold & Platinum, Diamond Cluster Ring

    £675
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  • Arts & Crafts 18ct Gold & Opal Ring by Murrle Bennett

    £1,275
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  • Danish Arts & Crafts Silver & Green Chalcedony Necklace by R.B. Halvordersen

    £1,875
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  • Art Nouveau 18ct Gold Ruby & Diamond Cluster Ring

    £1,875
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  • Art Nouveau Gold & Diamond Ring

    £1,275
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  • Art Nouveau 9ct Gold & Blister Pearl Necklace

    £1,425
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  • Edwardian 18ct Gold, Diamond & Black Pearl Crossover Ring

    £1,425
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  • Art Nouveau Silver Plique-à-Jour, Paste ​& Blister Pearl Necklace

    £2,250
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  • Art Nouveau 18ct Gold ​& Turquoise Pendant on Chain

    £2,250
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  • Russian Emerald , Sapphire & Rose Diamond Double Cluster Ring

    £2,250
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  • Amethyst Pearl Arts & Crafts Ring

    £825
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  • Art Nouveau Plique-à-jour Silver & Dragonfly Brooch

    £975
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  • Art Nouveau Large Silver, Marcasite & Pearl Floral Brooch

    £675
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  • Edwardian Gold, Opal, Pearl ​& Rose Diamond Pendant

    £1,500
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  • Art Nouveau 9ct Gold Pendant on Chain by Barnet Henry Joseph

    £675
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  • Art Nouveau 18ct Gold & Platinum, Two Stone Diamond Crossover Ring

    £1,500
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  • Art Nouveau Plique-à-Jour & Silver Long Guard Chain

    £1,875
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  • French 18ct Gold Art Nouveau Brooch by J Descamps of a Lady

    £1,500
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  • Arts & Crafts Silver, Opal & Abelone Brooch attributed to Rhoda Wager

    £2,250
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  • Arts & Crafts Silver Pendant set with Rock Crystal & Pink Tourmalines

    £1,275
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  • 9ct Gold Amethyst & Caged Pearl Necklace

    £1,275
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  • Art Nouveau Silver & Enamel Pendant on Chain by Charles Horner

    £975
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  • Art Nouveau Gold & Opal Ring

    £675
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  • Art Nouveau Silver & Enamel Pendant

    £525
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  • Art Nouveau Diamond & Natural Pearl Pendant

    £2,950
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  • Edwardian Natural Pearl & Diamond Pendant on Platinum & Gold Two Colour Chain

    £1,875
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  • Murrle Bennett 15ct Gold & Turquoise Art Nouveau Pendant

    £1,275
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  • 15ct Gold Amethyst & Natural Split Pearls Bangle

    £1,275
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  • Large Arts & Crafts Silver, Chalcedony, Cat’s Eye & Enamel Necklace

    £1,500
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  • Art Nouveau Plique-à-Jour Silver Butterfly Brooch

    £675
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  • Art Nouveau Horn Butterfly Pendant

    £1,875
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  • Gold Belle Epoque Ink Nib Pen

    £1,275
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  • Art Nouveau Diamond & Enamel Flowers Ring

    £3,750
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  • Edwardian Pink Topaz & Diamond Necklace

    £1,500
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  • Citrine & Natural Split Pearls 18ct Gold Pendant

    £750
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  • Art Nouveau Carved Horn Wings Brooch

    £250
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  • Turquoise ​& Mississippi Pearl Necklace by Murrle Bennett

    £1,275
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  • Natural Pearl & Diamond Art Nouveau Ring

    £1,875
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  • Art Nouveau Gold Pendant on Chain

    £850
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  • Art Nouveau Silver & Enamel Pendant on Chain

    £1,275
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  • Arts & Crafts St. George & The Dragon Silver & Enamel Pendant

    £975
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  • Art Nouveau Horn Butterfly

    £525
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  • Art Nouveau Red Enamel ​& Baroque Pearl Gold Necklace

    £1,275
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  • Gold Art Nouveau Cornucopia Pendant on Chain

    £975
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  • Amber & Silver Arts & Crafts Guard Chain

    £675
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  • Art Nouveau Pink & Green Enamel Silver Necklace

    £1,125
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  • Arts & Crafts Silver & Coral Necklace

    £975
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  • Arts & Crafts Silver Pendant

    £1,850
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  • Art Nouveau Citrine Pendant

    £1,275
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  • Diamond & Pearl Art Nouveau Pendant on Platinum Chain

    £3,750
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  • Art Nouveau Carved Horn Swallow Scarf Clip

    £225
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  • Art Nouveau Carved Horn Cicada Insect Brooch

    £375
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  • Carved Horn Art Nouveau Flower Brooch

    £375
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Art Nouveau Jewelry

Art Nouveau Jewelry

by Vivienne BeckerThames & Hudson, 1998

Imperishable Beauty

Imperishable Beauty: Art Nouveau Jewelry

by Yvonne Markowitz & Elyse Zorn KarlinLund Humphries Publishers Ltd, 2008

Imperishable Beauty: Art Nouveau Jewelry

Twentieth-century Jewellery: From Art Nouveau to Contemporary Design in Europe and the United States: From Art Nouveau to the Present

by Alba CappellieriSkira, 2010

Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Charles Rennie Mackintosh

by Alan CrawfordThames & Hudson, 1995

Nature Transformed

Nature Transformed: French Art Nouveau Horn Jewelry

by Jessica Goldring, Janet Zapata & MackloweMacklowe Gallery, 2013

Lalique

Lalique

by Eric KnowlesShire Collections, 2011

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