Item Measurements: The necklace has a wearable length of 15.5. The pendant measures 1.85" in length and 1.2" wide. Closure/Clasp Type: Spring Ring Clasp. Notable Features: This necklace was handmade during the Art Nouveau era. 925 sterling silver, the necklace features a miniature portrait of a French woman painted on porcelain with oil pain.A Grand Tour was an opportunity for travelers to learn more about the culture, art, and history of other countries, and could often last months or years at a time. The oil painting in this necklace would have been painted entirely by hand, allowing for an incredible amount of detail to be included. The woman in the painting faces slightly to one side, a small fan raised to conceal part of her face. Her shoulders and torso are visible, adorned with a blue and white dress featuring a large pink bow. To add realism, the folds of her clothes have been painted, as have the individual strands of her light colored hair.
To keep the painted porcelain secure it rests in a sturdy, sterling silver bezel. The pendant was paired with a simple and elegant box chain, also referred to as a book chain. Completing the chain is a spring ring clasp for comfortable and secure wear. When worn, the necklace hangs below the collarbone with the pendant resting against the decolletage on most people.Don't miss your chance to preserve this piece of history. There are a couple scratches to the oil painting on porcelain; however, this does not affect wear. The price has been reduced to reflect this. This listing is for the item only. This was very true due to the gorgeous designs that came out of this period. This era focused on women and the beauty of nature and the pieces were often large. Enamel was a common material used in Art Nouveau jewelry as the period was more about the importance of the design over the materials used to create it. The Art Nouveau period happened before the start of the first World War, when mass manufacturing took over the production. Of many products, including some jewelry. The Grand Tour was the standard European vacation of the Georgian and Victorian eras. The opportunity it gave for studying culture, architecture and art made it a tradition, especially for the upper classes. The Grand Tour was popularized by the poet Lord Byron and the writer Mary Shelley, who was the author of Frankenstein. The Grand Tour was an opportunity for wealthy travelers to explore the world and experience different cultures over a 2 to 4-year period.
And what better memento of this long trip than pieces of native souvenir jewelry such as Italian cameos, mosaic, and pietra dura. Pieces often had historical inspirations from the remnants of Pompeii to the pyramids of Egypt. Cultural learning was a focal point of the grand tour and the process of remembrance spilled over into jewelry souvenirs. Porcelain is a ceramic material that is very suitable for creating beautiful tableware and jewelry.
It is a hard, heat resistant, opaque ceramic, which makes it a wonderfully tough decorative material. In jewelry, the porcelain pieces were/are painted and glazed and set in brooches, earrings and necklaces. It can be glazed for a lovely shine or left unglazed for a more earthy, natural look. Unglazed porcelain is called biscuit porcelain, which was popularized by Wedgwood, the British ceramic company.
Porcelain served as a popular "canvas" for miniature portrait painting in the 19th century. The item "Antique Vintage Nouveau Sterling Silver Oil on Porcelain French Madonna Necklace" is in sale since Sunday, November 25, 2018. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Art Nouveau/Art Deco 1895-1935\Necklaces & Pendants". The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in Fort Collins, Colorado. This item can be shipped worldwide.