Saturday, October 17, 2009

Imperishable Beauty: Art Nouveau Jewelry on Display in Cincinnati Art Museum

If you have ever wondered what a piece of Art Nouveau jewelry looks like, then the Cincinnati Art Museum is the place to be During the latter part of this year. The museum will be exhibiting more than 100 works of designers from France, Germany, Austria and United States which depict the Art Nouveau movement of late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The exhibit will start on October 24 and runs through to January 17, 2010. This display was organized by the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA and was shown there last year. The Cincinnati Art Museum will be the only other venue for this exhibition.

Major designers and jewelers of the era, including René Lalique, Henri Vever, Philippe Wolfers and Tiffany & Co will be on display in this lavish exhibition.

My impression of Art Nouveau jewelry is that which is nature inspired with florals, leaves, curliques and ornate designs. The Lalique hair comb shown above typifies the styling, to me. It is from 1902-03 and is a French design made of gold, enamel, sapphire and horn.

The following photos are just a small sampling of what is in store for you if you are fortunate enough to be able to attend the exhibit in Cincinnati.

Stunning dragonfly pendant-brooch, 1904 by Philippe Wolfers (Belgian, 1858–1929) - Made of platinum, gold, enamel, diamond, ruby, and pearls.

Fabulous and ornate brooch with a female figure, about 1903 byRené Lalique, French, 1860–1945. This one is made from gold, enamel, and diamonds.

One of my favorites is this beautiful necklace with a female head and a sphinx, about 1900 by Emmanuel-Jules- Joseph Descomps (French, 1872–1948). It is made of gold, enamel, diamond, and pearls.

For more photos of the exhibition when it was on display in Boston last year, please visit
All photos Courtesy of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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