Our timeless necklace, crafted of 18K gold overlay with hand enameling, is based on designs from George Barbier's (French, 1882–1932) illustrations for Journal des dames et des modes
in the collection of the Museum’s Costume Institute. The limited-edition luxury journal, published from 1912 to 1914, offered a stylish record of Parisian culture and fashion. Each vivid color fashion plate was made using pochoir
, a hand-stenciling method that reached its height in France in the 1920s. Plate 37, “Bijoux par Vever,” depicts ornate designs by the eminent French jewelry house Vever, which was famed for its elegant Art Nouveau creations.
18K gold overlay, hand enameled with glass. Chain: 16''L; Pendant: 1 1/2''L x 2''W. Lobster claw closure.
- 18K gold overlay
- Hand enameled
- Glass accents
- Lobster claw closure
- Chain: 16''LPendant: 1 1/2''L x 2''W
Art HistoryIn part a reaction to the mechanization of the Industrial Revolution, Art Nouveau (“new art”), with its flowing lines, whiplash curves, and lavish botanical and animal patterns, originated in France and Belgium in the 1880s. Reaching its pinnacle at the 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris, it spread throughout Western Europe and the United States, influencing everything from jewelry to furniture design. Lasting up until the First World War, Art Nouveau’s fluid style can be seen as a metaphor for creative freedom and a release from the weight of artistic tradition. George Barbier (French, 1882–1932) was one of the finest and most versatile French artists of the Art Deco period. Barbier was, and remains, revered for his brilliantly colored fashion illustrations that splendidly portray the mood and fashion of the 1920s with a distinctively simple and refined elegance.