A French Antique Sapphire & Diamond Tablet Ring
A fabulous French antique sapphire and diamond tablet ring. This ring is set with 2 round-cut sapphires and additional old-cut diamonds in a delicate openwork silver on gold design. Gem-set jewellery of this era was typically set in silver on top of gold. Circa 1890s.
Design was emphasised over the size and value of gems used within Art Nouveau jewellery. Enamel, pearls and semi-precious stones feature prominently, only occasionally accented with small diamonds.
The prominence of nature and the sinuous forms of flora and fauna are intrinsic motifs of the period. Often over stylised, the branches of trees or plants swirl and spiral in elaborate dances.
The movement strove for synthesis and achieving a ‘gesamtkunstwerk’ (total work of art).Elements of Japanese calligraphy are visible in the compositions of brooches or tiaras. The re-establishment of trade routes in 1853 between Europe and Japan led to a vogue for Japanese iconography within Western art. Art Nouveau’s trade-mark ‘whiplash’ curves and sinuous outlines were inspired from the delicate lines of Japanese woodcuts and calligraphy that circulated in artistic centres of fin de siecle Europe, such as Vienna, Paris and London.
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