A very special antique Art Nouveau Plique-à-Jour enamel brooch. Although not signed the brooch is possibly a Levinger & Bissinger piece. This German company were known for the characteristic enamelling technique that we see in this brooch, specifically the perfectly executed shading of colour that graduates from green to white into a faint rose.
Circa 1900, the brooch is iconic of sinuous Art Nouveau design and is a miniature work of art. Superb quality, it is rendered in 900 silver with gold gilding and showcases exquisite Plique-à-Jour enamel work, seed pearls and a triangle cut vivid pink tourmaline, a Mississippi freshwater river pearl dangles from the bottom.
The enamel technique Plique-à-jour (French for "letting in daylight") is a vitreous enamelling 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. German Plique-à-Jour jewellery hailing from the Jugendstil (Art Nouveau) era is particularly desirable and highly collectable today.
MATERIALS: 900 silver, gold, enamel
GEMSTONES: Pink tourmaline, Presidium tested, natural pearls
MEASUREMENTS: 1-1/2 inches high and across and 1-1/2 inches across (approx. 38x30mm)
DATE: circa 1900, Art Nouveau/ Jugendstil
WEIGHT: 4.1 grams
MARKS: Stamped "900"
CONDITION: in excellent antique condition with no damage to the enamel and the pin back in perfect working order, please see the photos.
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Materials: 900 Silver, Gold, Natural Pearls, Tourmaline, Plique A Jour Enamel.