The Art Nouveau movement began in 1862, when Japan was invited to participate in the International Exhibition in London. The simple, elegant and nature-inspired creations of Japanese artisans made a profound impact on Victorians. Also influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement, jewelers began producing pieces that ventured into the fantastic, utilizing time-consuming and one of a kind skills such as enameling. Often, the enameled components of a piece were commissioned from highly talented artists, then later incorporated into a finely made piece of jewelry.
This stunning and dramatic Art Nouveau pendant features a beautifully made hand painted enamel portrait front. Illustrating a gorgeous woman with long flowing hair in a sensuous pose, it also has a playfully Gothic detail: a finely drawn spider web in the background, with a little fluttering insect on the cusp of being caught in the trap laid before him! Encased in classic Art Nouveau silver work, the enameled cover slides open to reveal a mirror. Perfect for a quick glance at one's self while attending an artistic soiree, it will remind you of your power to snare all of the attention in the room!
Weight: 20.2 grams
Materials: Silver, Hand Painted Enamel, Mirror
Metal: Sterling Silver
Condition: Very good Antique condition