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Art Nouveau Dogwood Horn Pendant Necklace, Georges Pierre

Created by the Art Nouveau artist, Georges Pierre, c. 1900, this dogwood pendant necklace is composed of horn, resin and grosgrain ribbon. The large circular open pendant formed of translucent tinted, shaded and carved horn is designed as an iridescent mass of pink dogwood blossoms on fragile brown stems, with shaded rose-hued resin drop, suspended from a black grosgrain ribbon with two pink striated glass beads, in a Morocco and velvet fitted box. With its magical translucence and rich colors, this rare, featherlight and wearable flower jewel is a work of artistic hands, and an Art Nouveau homage of nature.

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Item #: N-21494
Artist: Georges Pierre
Country: France
Circa: 1900
Dimensions: 24" long, pendant:4.3" x 2.625"
Materials: Carved horn; Resin; Silk Cord; Unsigned fitted box
Signed: GiP for Georges Pierre
Literature: For a discussion of the significance of the artist and this mode of Art Nouveau jewelry, see Jessica Goldring, Nature Transformed: French Art Nouveau Horn Jewelry, Macklowe Gallery, 2012. 

Georges Pierre (1873-1943) and his later partner Elisabeth Bonté followed in the footsteps of the undisputed master of Art Nouveau, Lalique, the first to experiment with the uniquely challenging medium of horn as a conduit for his ideas about Nature, his love of Japanese art, and his rebellion against the diamond. Hand-cut and carved, further worked with sculpting tools, dyes and inks, Pierre's work expressed the profound influence of Japanese aesthetics and workmanship on the Art Nouveau. The discipline of the pendant's asymmetrical and irregular composition, its focus on transient beauty, and its grace and subtlety make this jewel a Pierre masterwork.