It is of a good enough quality to have come out of the workshops of Georges Pierre and Elisabeth Bonte. The brooch pin findings on the reverse are the same as the ones they used, the translucence of the wings and the cross hatching on the body is typical of the work of G.
P however it is not signed so will leave you to decide. The obsession with nature in the Art Nouveau era and fascination with insect jewellery drew on many ancient cultures and talismanic beliefs.
The Chinese particularly revere the Cicada insect as a lucky talisman believing it protects against enemies and guarantees long life and youthfulness. Jade Cicadas were used in funerary rites placed in the mouth of a loved one to guarantee them immortality in the afterlife and business men in China today still keep a cicada symbol in their offices to ensure success in their business enterprises and protection against competitors. What more could anyone need! An unusual piece of Antique Horn Costume jewellery that makes a bold statement and is a great conversation piece. Any queries contact me and I will be happy to help.
The item "Fine Antique French Art Nouveau Horn Insect Brooch Cicada c1900 Lucky talisman" is in sale since Sunday, October 6, 2019. This item is in the category "Jewellery & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewellery\Vintage Fine Jewellery\Art Nouveau (1895-1910)". The seller is "kittyscurios" and is located in Bath.
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