Art Nouveau Stickpin
| A golden lotus blossom opens as it reaches
towards the sun. The blossom is in the dramatic, flowing
Art Nouveau style and accented with three small pearls.
Beautifully sculpted with fine details by Carter, Howe in 14kt
gold, circa 1900.
A lotus blossom rising above the murky water and mud of its environs was viewed in Eastern philosophies as a symbol of purity and transcendence. Art Nouveau jewelers, always in search of the new and exotic, often found inspiration in distant and ancient cultures. This finely crafted stickpin is a striking example.
The reverse of the stickpin is as finely crafted as the
front. The polished gold back is attached to the pin
stem with a sturdy collet setting (photo below). The Carter,
Howe maker's mark is stamped on the upper left of the
pin stem along with "14" for the purity of the gold.
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