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Russian Imperial Art Nouveau Gold White and Brown Diamond and Pearl Brooch


An antique Russian Art Nouveau gold, white diamond, brown diamond, and pearl brooch or pin by Imperial Court Jeweler Karl Bok (Bock), St. Petersburg, 1899-1904. The brooch cast and chased in Art Nouveau taste as a continuous oval whiplash terminating in a stylized blossom set with an oval brown diamond and two natural pearls, above rose cut brown and white diamonds. The pin with a small guard to protect the wearer's fingers and clothing. Struck with maker’s mark and 56 standard (the equivalent of 14K). 1 ½ w x 7/8 h in. (3.6 x 2.1 cm). The firm of Karl Bok (1851-?) received the designation of Supplier, or Purveyor, to the Imperial Court in 1901. Primarily jewelers rather than silver- or goldsmiths, the firm had shops in Moscow and St. Petersburg; their Saint Petersburg shop was located in a prime location at No. 9 Bolshaya Morskaya, the street on which all the most important jewelers had their shops. The superior quality of their work was recognized both in Russia and abroad: they received the Gold Medal at the 1896 All-Russian Exhibition in Nizhnii Novgorod as well as at the 1900 Paris Exposition universelle.


  • Creator
    Karl Bok (Bock)
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    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions

    H .88 in. x W 1.5 in.

    H 22.36 mm x W 38.1 mm

  • Seller location
    Redmond, WA
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