Art Nouveau Snake Ring


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Object Description

This is a superb example of a serpent ring of the Art Nouveau period with its subtle combination of green enamel and emerald. The snake is emblematic of the fin-de-siecle with its decadence and it embodies a cultural history going back to Antiquity with its varied symbolism relating to eternity, sexuality and danger. The serpent with its complex and ambiguous nature fascinated the Symbolists. Beginning with Lalique also the goldsmiths recognized the potential of transforming this motif from nature into a purely decorative form. According to Henri Vever, Lalique had ‘an exemplary foreman named Briançon. Lalique appreciated the qualities of this talented & resourceful man who loved his work & was his collaborator for over 20 years’

Object History

Family descent

Object Literature

Serpentina – Snake Jewellery from around the World, Fritz Falk, 2011, illustrated pl.127

Object Condition

Very good with minor enamel repair

Object Details

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By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44 (0)7970 343 969

Dealer Location

London UK

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