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French Chimera Stickpin

French Art Nouveau dragon stickpin. (S9485)

Art Nouveau Dragon

A fiery dragon rears back as if readying to strike while in its claws it grasps a leafy branch.  This elegant French Art Nouveau stickpin is ready to do battle with any malefactors or evil spirits that come too close to a wearer's lapel.  Created in 18kt gold, circa 1900.

Toward the close of the 19th century French jewelers created a golden menagerie of fantastic beasts and mythical creatures.  This finely detailed stickpin is a beautiful testament to the artistry of these Art Nouveau jewelers.

The solid back of the stickpin (pictured below) is as nicely finished as the front.  The French assay mark for 18kt gold (an eagle's head) is visible on the left side of the sturdy pin stem and an indistinct maker's mark is stamped on the right side.

Cost:  $485

Measurements:  This 18kt gold stickpin is  2 3/8" long and weighs 2.1 grams.  The fierce chimera top is just under 1/2' in diameter.

French Art Nouveau dragon stickpin. (S9485)

French Art Nouveau dragon stickpin. (S9485)

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