A beautiful antique Plique-à-Jour enamel brooch possibly by Levinger & Bissinger, Germany whose characteristic trademark was this perfectly executed shading of the enamel work graduating from green to white into a faint rose that we see in this piece.
Circa 1900, this sinuous brooch is iconic of the Art Nouveau movement 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, split pearls and a triangle cut vivid pink tourmaline, a Mississippi freshwater river pearl dangles from the base.
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: Excellent antique condition with no damage to the enamel and the pin back in perfect working order
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