The Beauty of Art Nouveau10


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Art nouveau was an international philosophy and style design that arose in the turn of the twentieth century. The literal meaning is "new art".

Between 1890 and 1910 it was one of the most popular forms of architecture and applied art in Europe. Many would incorporate this style into their homes, furniture, fashion, art and jewelry.

The organic forms and structures of art nouveau mirrored those found in elements like flowers, plants and curved lines. This style makes many of its references to the nature world. Some would even describe it to be fanciful and out of the ordinary.

Art nouveau was eventually replaced by the 20th century modernist style. Ever since then, there hasn't been any other style that's come close to art nouveau, especially when it comes to jewelry.

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  • Philippe Wolfers (Belgian, 1858–1929). DragonflyRed
  • Jean-Valentin Morel was born in Paris. He was the son of a lapidary, and his mother's family were silversmiths. He apprenticed to jeweler and smith Adrien Vachette who worked in the production of gold boxes. After opening his own shop, Morel specialized in high-quality inlay and in the production of hard stone cups in a revival of 16th-century style. Morel was soon forced to close his shop because of health problems and lost a year of work, but in 1834 he found a position as head of the workshop of Jean-Baptiste Fossin, where he worked in embossing on gold and hard stone. In 1842 he signed a contract with silver and goldsmith Henri Duponchel, establishing a craft shop called Morel & Cie which was highly successful and quickly gained an international reputation. The business produced such items as ornamental vases, jewelry sets, table silverware, a missal binding for Pope Gregory XVI, a table service for the King of Sardinia and works for the future William III of the Netherlands, the future Alexander II of Russua and the French patron of the arts Duc de Luynes. The economic climate declined and the partnership was dissolved after disagreements. Duponchel filed a lawsuit in 1848 which prevented Morel from working in Paris, and Morel moved his business to London in 1860.[2][3] In London, Morel located his business near the Piccadilly firms of Garrard and Storr & Mortimer, but he found it difficult to establish an English clientele. He gained the support of French exiles from the 1848 Revolution, and was granted a permit as an official supplier by Queen Victoria. He prepared an exhibit for the 1851 Exposition Universelle where he won first prize. Despite this, he received only modest commissions and by the end of 1852, he was in difficult financial straits. He closed his business in London and opened a new workshop in Sèvres, France. He made a lapis lazuli cup for English collector Henry Thomas Hope, with which he won the gold medal the 1855 Exposition Universelle. In 1860 Morel died in financial difficulties, after which Henri Duponchel took over exhibition of his work
  • The Beauty of Art Nouveau10

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    2. 2. Jean Auguste Dampt (French, 1854-1946)
    3. 3. MEYLE & MAYER, German. Circa 1900 Dragonfly brooch
    4. 4. MEYLE & MAYER, German. Circa 1900
    5. 5. MEYLE & MAYER, German. Circa 1900 Dragonfly brooch
    6. 6. MEYLE & MAYER, German. Circa 1900
    7. 7. MEYLE & MAYER, German. Circa 1900
    8. 8. MEYLE & MAYER, German. Circa 1900
    9. 9. MEYLE & MAYER, German. Circa 1900
    10. 10. MEYLE & MAYER, German. Circa 1900 Dragonfly brooch
    11. 11. Fabergé FlowerMEYLE & MAYER, German. Circa 1900
    12. 12. MEYLE & MAYER, German. Circa 1900
    13. 13. MEYLE & MAYER, German. Circa 1900 Dragonfly brooch
    14. 14. MEYLE & MAYER, German. Circa 1900
    15. 15. Art Nouveau Enameled Lady Pearl Gold Brooch
    16. 16. Art Nouveau Enameled Byzantine Lady
    17. 17. Art Nouveau Enameled Diamond Emerald Byzantine Lady 14k Locket
    18. 18. Jean-Valentin Morel (1794-1860)
    19. 19. Fabergé Flowers are deeply embedded in Russian culture
    20. 20. Fabergé Flower
    21. 21. Fabergé Flowers
    22. 22. Ornamento per capelli, 1902, Cartier
    23. 23. Rossio & Pfister
    24. 24. René Lalique
    25. 25. René Jules Lalique (1860 – 1945)
    26. 26. René Jules Lalique (1860 – 1945) Pendentif femme libellule ailes ouvertes, vers 1898/1900 Collection Communauté de Communes du Pays de la Petite Pierre
    27. 27. Bejeweled flowers on display in Faberge exhibit at VMFA in Richmond House of Fabergé (Russian, 1846 – 1920). Imperial Lilies-of- the-Valley Basket, 1896. Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art; on loan from the Matilda Geddings Gray Foundation
    28. 28. Henri & Paul Vever, French
    29. 29. Henri & Paul Vever, French
    30. 30. Vincenz Mayer Stork
    31. 31. Weir & Sons Dublin, Ireland
    32. 32. Weir & Sons Dublin, Ireland
    33. 33. Wiener Werkstatte Brooch c.1910
    34. 34. Wilhelm Lucas von Cranach Octopus and Butterfly; 1900 a master jeweler who liked his octopuses
    35. 35. Wilhelm Lucas von Cranach 1900
    36. 36. Sound: Daniela Barcellona - O, mio Fernando (La Favorita - Donizetti) Text & Pictures: Internet Flower pictures: Nicoleta Leu Copyright: All the images belong to their authors Presentation: Sanda Foişoreanu
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