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Marcus & Co. Opal, Chrysoprase, and Plique-à-Jour Enamel Brooch


This stunning brooch by Marcus & Co. is abstracted from the delicate shapes of flowers and leafy vines, creating a flowing Art Nouveau form. Its subtle and unique coloration comes from the use of unusual materials, such as rare chrysoprase and translucent plique-à-jour enamel, whose organic greens are set off by pools of spectral hues provided by the shimmering white opals. The brooch converts easily into a pendant, with a retractable bail, to be worn on a simple black ribbon or cord as a statement of inspired naturalism.


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Item #: PT-17467
Artist: Marcus & Co., New York
Country: United States
Circa: 1900
Size: 3.50" length, 2" width
Materials: 6 Cabochon white opals; 63 Cabochon chrysoprase; Plique-à-jour enamel; 18K Gold
Signed: “Marcus & Co.”
Exhibition History: Shown in the Poster House exhibition, "Alphonse Mucha: Art Nouveau/Nouvelle Femme," in New York, from June 20, 2019 to October 6, 2019

The brooch's organic feeling is amplified by signature Marcus & Co. gold work, characterized by the miniature scrolls, incised circles, stippling, and graduated beads.