Art Nouveau Garnet Tulip Pendant
The arabesque motif originated from 10th century Baghdad. Typically a design of foliage in a geometrical pattern, this was precisely the type of configuration that appealed to the creation of Art Nouveau for as it lent itself to be used to allow lines to have a spirited and lively flow.
Bohemian garnets rest side by side within a framework of rose gold over silver. Designed as an arabesque tulip flower, the pendant co-opts a three-leaf clover form whimsically set within the tulip. In asymmetrical balance, a tear-shaped drop is suspended. In clear Art Nouveau fashion, the free-flowing and soft curves of the pendant are also characterized with controlled lines, geometric details and a colorful “new” shape. A very fine modern 14k yellow gold chain accompanies the pendant.
Measurements: Pendant is 1-13/16 inches (4.6 cm) in length including fixed and attached bales by 1-1/4 inches (3.2 cm) at the widest point by 1/8 of an inch (0.3 cm) in depth. Chain is 13 inches (33.1 cm) in length. Together they have a weight of 4.6 grams (3.0 dwt).
Hallmarks: Chain is marked 14k and a maker's mark of AA. Pendant is unmarked as typical for this period and type of jewelry.
Condition: Very good; with some light wear on the reverse to a number of the rose gold gilt edges.
Date & Origin: Circa 1910 and is Continental in origin. Chain is modern in date.
Overall Scale: Medium.