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1890-1915
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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  • Arts & Crafts Silver Clip Set With a Blister Pearl

    £150
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  • Arts and Crafts Silver & Enamel Necklace with Stylised Fish Design

    £1,875
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  • French 18ct Gold Two Stone Diamond Twist Ring With Rose Diamond Shoulders

    £1,500
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  • Art Nouveau 15ct Gold, Opal & Natural Split Pearl Necklace

    £1,875
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  • Art Deco Diamond & Onyx Bow Brooch

    £3,950
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  • Art Nouveau 15ct Gold Necklace Set With Opals by Murrle Bennett & Co

    £1,500
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  • Edwardian 18ct Gold, Diamond & Sapphire Crossover Ring

    £3,500
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  • Edwardian 18ct Gold, Sapphire & Diamond Crossover Ring

    £1,875
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  • Art Nouveau 14ct Gold Pendant of a Lady in Water Lilies

    £675
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  • Silver & Gold , Moonstone & Blister Pearl Arts & Crafts Necklace

    £2,250
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  • Art Nouveau 14ct Gold & Platinum, Diamond & Sapphire Ring

    £2,950
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Art Nouveau 15ct Gold & Turquoise Matrix Bracelet

    £675
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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 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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