American Art Nouveau Pearl & Enamel Brooch
Newark, New Jersey was the pre-eminent manufacturing hub for American Art Nouveau jewelry with Henry Blank & Co. as a central component as one of the few firms making jewelry with plique a jour enameling. The firm created pieces for the wholesale trade as well as custom designs for such famous institutions as Neiman Marcus, Tiffany & Co. and Grant A. Peacock.
In quintessential Art Nouveau style, this 14k yellow gold brooch combines the organic sensuality and natural rhythmic sensibility of the movement with a flowing design of a three-leaf brooch ornamented with soft pastel pearlescent enameling and a half natural pearl (assumed natural due to age and visual examination).
Measurements: 1-1/4 inches (3.1 cm) in width by 3.4 of an inch (2 cm) in height. Weight of 3.5 grams (2.2 dwt).
Hallmarks: Maker's mark of Henry Blank & Co.
Date & Origin: Circa 1900 and is American in origin.
Historical Notes: The original firm was formed as a jewelry manufacturer in 1890 as N.E. Whiteside & Co and was renamed Whiteside and Blank in 1903. In 1900 the name of the firm was changed to Whiteside & Blank and again changed in 1917 to Henry Blank Co.
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