A sublime antique Art Nouveau brooch hailing from Germany. Crafted in 800 silver and superb quality the brooch is in the stylised form of a Gingko leaf and features beautiful plique-a-jour enamelling in vivid peacock colours of green and blue. The edges of the leaf are accented in seed pearls and a tooth shaped rare Mississippi river pearl dangles from the bottom.
The brooch is a miniature work of art and it is stamped with a German makers mark that unfortunately we are unable to figure out. The enamel technique plique-à-jour (French for "letting in daylight") is a vitreous enamelling jewellery technique where translucent enamel is applied in cells so light can shine through. A miniature version of stained-glass, it extremely challenging technically with a high failure rate.
Antique German plique-à-jour jewellery hailing from the Art Nouveau (known as Jugendstil in Germany) era is particularly desirable and highly collectable today.
MATERIALS: 800 silver, plique-à-jour enamel
GEMSTONES: 8 natural seed pearls 2.5mm diameter, 1 Mississippi river pearl drop 8.5x7.5mm
MEASUREMENTS: 1-1/2 inches across and 1-3/4 inches high (approx. 38x45mm)
DATE: 1900, Art Nouveau/Jugendstil
WEIGHT: 4 grams
HALLMARKS: Stamped '800' along with an intertwined makers mark, possibly 'HL' the makers mark for Henrich Levinger & Bissinger, Pforzheim, Germany. Also stamped "Gesc HU" (for Geschutzt, a German mark for patent protected).
CONDITION: In excellent antique condition with no enamel loss and the pin back in perfect working order. The pearl drop looks jagged at the base in the photos but the edges are smooth so it is likely its natural form rather than breakage. Please see the photos.
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Materials: Plique a Jour Enamel, 800 Silver, Mississippi River Pearl, Seed Pearls.