Antique Art Nouveau ring. Made in France circa 1900. Artist signed ARNOULD for Edouard-Aime Arnould. <P><P>
Measurements: slightly under a US size 9. Weighs 5.1 grams. <P><P>
Description: Finger ring in the Art Nouveau style. The artist - jeweller Edouard-Aime Arnould seems to have worked exclusively in the Nouveau style and his work is full of wonderful scrolling foliage, elongated navettes and beetles. Opals seem to be the gem of choice in much of his work. In this ring, a cabochon opal floats in the center of the bezel, a pair of elongated arcs on either side with overlapping circles where the shoulders begin. These are intertwined with the stems and vines of the foliage that runs down the sides of the hoop. This foliage is known in French as "monnaies du Pape" perhaps reminding people of coins used by the Papacy. Despite being dulled through surface wear (see below), the opal has lovely and varied color highlights. If repolished, it should come up fabulous. <P><P>
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Marks: ARNOULD is engraved inside the shoulder of the ring. In typical French fashion, the eagle head mark denoting 18k gold is shown on the outside of the hoop. <P><P>
Condition: Minor wear to gold and to surface of opal. We are leaving the decision to re-polish the opal to the new owner. Please see enlarged pictures and don't hesitate to ask questions which we will do our best to answer. <P><P>
Please see page 37 of Alastair Duncan's book on The Paris Salons 1895-1914 for an example of Arnould's work. There are many other examples to be found on the internet, including the use of foliage 'monnaies du Pape'.
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