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Art Nouveau Snake Ring



Art Nouveau Snake Ring

Gold, enamel, emerald & diamonds

H  2.90cm (1.14 in)

Origin France, c. 1900
Case Ring Case
Ring Size |UK: M 1/2|
Condition Very good with minor enamel repair
Weight 9.20 Grams

We are happy to size this ring larger or smaller should it be necessary. This will not affect it's value

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.

Family descent

llustrated in our book:
Beatriz Chadour-Sampson & Sonya Newell-Smith, Tadema Gallery London Jewellery from the 1860s to 1960s, Arnoldsche Art Publishers, Stuttgart 2021, p. 206
Serpentina - Snake Jewellery from around the World, Fritz Falk, 2011, illustrated pl.127

Price Code

Ref No   5037