An antique pearl and seed pearl tiara, French, circa 1880 designed as a diadem with bands of floral and foliate piercework motifs surmounted by coils of seed pearls, accentuated by pearl highlights and lines of seed pearls, set on a hinged comb of blonde tortoiseshell; with French assay mark, with fitted box signed by Feuillebois-Parent, Paris; mounted in eighteen karat gold; length: 5 7/8in.
The Art Nouveau movement finally gave way to the Modernist Movement in the 1930s. Regardless, to this day, Art Nouveau jewelry remains a favorite amongst collectors and fashion enthusiasts everywhere, and its influence is strong in the works of the world’s greatest jewelry designers, from Buccellati to Cartier, and, of course, Tiffany and Co.
Edwardian Hair Comb: ca. 1900, solid gold of 14k on natural horn prongs. "The Edwardian era could not shed its dedication to the classical styles which were being challenged by the Art Nouveau movement. Jewelers of this time often responded to inspiration from the earlier baroque style of naturalistic design and the neoclassical impact of the later decades."