Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Antique Art Nouveau Brooch, circa 1900

Glistening gold. Art Nouveau. 

This lovely, large gold-washed brooch has that special artistic turn-of-the-last-century design to it. The strong graphic influences in the vines, tendrils and cut-out work make this brooch appear to be drawn directly from an Alphonse Mucha poster. 
The brooch features a buckle design theme. Buckle styles were often worn not only as brooches on clothing, but especially used to adorn elaborate hats. 
This exquisite brooch appears as though it was never used. No maker's mark. It has a strong pin with c-clasp and measures approximately 2 inches or slightly over 5 cm tall by 2.5 inches or 6.5 cm wide.