Superb French Art Nouveau Silver Desk Set comprising of a Desk Seal with a vacant cartouche and letter opener. Presented in the fine original retailers box.The beauty of this set is the fabulous'Ecole De Nancy' Thistle design that embellishes the solid silver handles of both items. Intricate foliage and flower heads exquisitely modelled in tiny detail. The'Thistle' was one of the major icons of the Art Nouveau Movement in France, seen as a sacred flower associate with the Virgin Mary and as a Symbol of Resistance, triumphing over defeat and treachery. The famous Ecole De Nancy designs incorporating the Thistle motif became renowned world wide as a vanguard of the Art Nouveau Organic designs. This desk set is an iconic piece of Art Nouveau Design.
The pattern on this set was most likely designed by Emile Andre who was a key Artist at the Ecole de Nancy. Nowadays the Thistle is the emblem of the city of Nancy. Art Nouveau Silver of this very fine quality is getting harder to find all the time. The set is fully assayed with French Marks for Solid Silver.Of course excepting the blade to the letter opener which is steel as is the bottom part of the seal. This set appears to have been gifted and never used after all these years so a pleasure for the new owner to cherish. A very elegant accessory for a distinguished desk. This would make a wonderful Christmas gift for someone. The fitted box measures approximately 9 inches x 2 1/2 inches. The Paper Knife or Letter Opener measures approximately 7 1/2 inches long.
The Desk Seal measures approximately 3 1/2 inches long. Anything I can help with please ask.
The item "Superb Antique Silver Art Nouveau Desk Set Seal Letter Opener Ecole De Nancy" is in sale since Saturday, September 14, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Periods/Styles\Art Nouveau". The seller is "kittyscurios" and is located in Bath.
This item can be shipped worldwide.