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Armand Quenard 18K Gold Art Nouveau Poppy Lady Brooch

Armand Quenard 18K Gold Art Nouveau Poppy Lady Brooch


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Directory: Estate Jewelry: Gold: Art Nouveau: Pre 1910: Item # 1393392
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A classic French Art Nouveau 18K gold brooch featuring a young woman with naught but a sprig of flowers covering her breasts set against a poppy blossom. A swallow appears over her shoulder. In Victorian symbology, swallows variously represented wishes for a safe return or “home and heart” since the they mate for life. Similarly, poppies had various meanings including imagination and pleasure. The design was created by the sculptor Armand-Pierre-Louis Quenard (1865-1925) and presented at the inaugural salon of the Société des Artistes Français in 1901. The clasp is stamped with French 18K gold marks and with an illegible maker’s mark.

NOTE: The brooch could be converted to a pendant with the addition of a folding bail to the back.
  • Origin: France, ca. 1901.
  • Condition: excellent; all original.
  • Dimensions: 1” x 1”.
  • Weight: 5.0 grams.