French Art Nouveau Madonna Virgin Mary Plique Ajour Enamel Diamond Gold Pendant
This unique Art Nouveau pendant from ca. 1890 displays a beautiful depiction of the Virgin Mary, her head surrounded by a golden halo with tiny stars. This wonderful piece of French jewelry exhibits the true craftsmanship of its era, from the detailed gold-work showing defined facial features , head-cover and dress, in a realistic three dimensional view, to the wonderful enameling art of Plique Ajour. This transparent art of enameling shows the colors of blue, purple and olive green which lie between finely handcrafted gold azure work. Surrounding the center are tiny petals of gold connected by a fine wire of curved gold and spaced by tiny round old cut diamonds. On the top of this pendant there is a stamp of a makers-mark – AS – and an indistinct French hallmark. The back of this pendant is engraved with the initials AR and the numbers 16-6-925.