Art Nouveau Pendant The Kiss Lovers Romantic Sapphire Gold Antique (3998)



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Art Nouveau Antique pendant made of carved natural materials, 18 carat gold and set with a sapphire. Circa 1880-1900.

Measures 1 1/4 inches accross widest part; 2 1/2 inches long, including the loop. Weighs approx 15 grams.

Shaped like half an egg/an oval. A sturdy, wide loop suspends an openwork, sculpted design of scrolling ribbons, a bow in the center, set with a genuine sapphire. (tested on Presidium gemstone tester). Intricate and very interesting design. Below this is an arc of roses, made of solid gold , set between two arching gold bands.  The influence of the Pre-Raphaelite movement is clear in the flowing locks of the woman and the monkish, Renaissance style haircut of the youth. The couple is surrounded by carved flowers. 

The double gold frame is almost stark in comparison to the rich contents of the carved scene.

Part of the natural, buttery colour of the relief has been dyed a rich dark brown-black. THere are no hallmarks and no makers marks, but the gold does test for 18carat and the stone is a genuine sapphire, even if it does not play a central part in the pendant.

Good condition. No damage/restoration.

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