A pair of French 'Byzantine Heads" lithographs by Alphonse Mucha. The mastery evident in creating two archetypes of the female form against a decorative background confirms Mucha's artistic maturity. Both women, portrayed in profile, have their heads decorated with beautiful jewelry, the richness and oriental nature of which suggested the name Byzantine Heads for the series. The subtle differences in details between the paintings are worth noticing. For the first time appears the perfect form of Mucha's often-used motif, circle framing each head interrupted by a strand of hair. With this device, it is as if Mucha's unreachable beauties have broken the magic border between themselves and their admirers and suggest the possibility that they might, perhaps, meet.? (Mucha/Art Nouveau, p. 192). In this version, Mucha added corners filigreed with curves to the original circular designs in order to create the standard rectangular shape of decorative panels. This is the rarest of all variants.Pictured in "Alphonse Mucha, The Complete Posters and Panels, by Jack Rennert and Alain Weill," page 167, cat. 40, variant 1.
|Dimensions: 20-1/2'' high x 14¼'' wide each|
|Item #: ML-17602|
|Price: $47,500 – Call: (212) 644-6400|
A French Art Nouveau mahogany side table with carved decoration in an abstract curvilinear vegetal motif by Edouard Colonna (1862-1948). Along with Louis Comfort Tiffany, Edouard Colonna was one of the main designers who worked for Siegfried Bing and who, under Bing's guidance, was responsible for the creation of what is known today as the Modern Style, or Art Nouveau. Colonna is remembered for his tasteful elegance and his use of abstract forms to create a graceful linear rhythm and dynamic intertwining lines. While he occasionally started with a floral motif, Colonna abstracted nature to create the impression of a flower bud or bloom held within a carefully constructed geometric scheme. This design scheme is evident in the delicate carvings ornamenting each leg of the table and in the overall rhythm of the piece. Colonna furniture, jewelry and designs for small objects like scarf and money holders would become the backbone of Bing's business. By 1898 a number of his works were on display at Bing's L'Art Nouveau.A similar table is pictured in: "The Paris Salons 1895-1915, Vol. III: Furniture", by Alastair Duncan, Woodbridge, Suffolk: Antique Collectors' Club, 1996, p. 109.
|Artist: Edouard Colonna|
|Dimensions: 31-1/2'' diameter x 24'' high|
|Item #: F-15517|
|Price: $27,500 – Call: (212) 644-6400|
A French Art Nouveau 18 karat gold dress set with rubies. This dress set has double sided cuff links with 3 matching dress studs. The cuff links have 7 round-cut rubies with an approximate total weight of .35 carat. Original box, signed, "Souvenir du Mariage de Jacques Payen et de Colette Gaillard 21 Juilet 1903". The intertwined serpents are traditional symbols of eternal love.
|Signed: Assay and maker's marks.|
|Dimensions: Dimensions: Cuff links 7/16" diameter; Dress studs: 3/8" diameter|
|Item #: CS-16140|
|Price: $6,500 – Call: (212) 644-6400|
An Art Nouveau 18 karat gold and plique-à-jour enamel bird brooch, featuring a stylized depiction of a dimensional cockatoo set on a green and red plique-à-jour enamel foliate panel with gold trim.
|Dimensions: 1-3/4" length x 2-1/2" width|
|Item #: BO-12184|
|Price: $15,000 – Call: (212) 644-6400|
A pair of European Art Nouveau 18 karat gold cuff links with green chrysophrase. The oval shaped cuff links have 4 cabochon green chrysophrase stones surrounded by high relief engraved scroll work. Double sided.
|Signed: Control marks on center link.|
|Dimensions: 3/4 inch x 1/2 inch|
|Item #: CS-16420|
|Price: $4,500 – Call: (212) 644-6400|
An American Art Nouveau 18 karat gold stick pin with enameling and opal by Marcus & Co. The stick pin has a cabochon opal surrounded with four enamel side sections decorated with gold relief arabesque designs. During the first decade of the twentieth century the firm offered a variety of Revivalist style jewelry. Egyptian inspired pieces along with Renaissance Revival and Mughal style were created. The venerable firm of Marcus & Co. was established in 1892 by William, Herman and George Elder Marcus with a shop in New York. The firm distinguished itself as an early proponent of the Art Nouveau style in America, of which this ring is an exquisite example. During the Art Deco period of the 1920's, the firm continued producing fine jewels in the new Art Deco style and expanded with branches in London, Paris, and Palm Beach.
|Artist: Marcus & Co.|
|Signed: “M & Co.”|
|Dimensions: 5/8 inches square; pin length 2 1/2 inches|
|Item #: BO-16439|
|Price: $3,250 – Call: (212) 644-6400|
A French Art Nouveau 18 karat gold pendant with pink sapphire, diamonds and pearl by Lucien Gautrait. The pendant has a pear-cut pink sapphire with an approximate total weight of .80 carat, 2 old European-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of .10 carat, and a baroque pearl drop. The pendant shows an emergent woman with flowing hair and outstretched arms in a euphoric opium-induced state. (Art Nouveau chain not original to the piece.)Pictured in Masterpieces of French Jewelry, by Judith Price, Running Press, 2006, page 48.Pictured in Henri Vever French Jewelry of the Nineteenth Century, Thames Hudson, 2001, page 1110
|Signed: “L Gautrait” and Makers mark French control mark|
|Dimensions: 3 1/2 inches in length x 2 1/4 inches at the widest|
|Item #: PT-16445|
|Price: Price on Request. Call (212) 644-6400|
A French Art Nouveau 18 karat gold and enamel pendant by André Rambour. The pendant is designed as a maiden within an enamel iris which is suspended by fancy link chain and enameled foliate top.
|Artist: Andre Rambour|
|Signed: French control and maker’s marks.|
|Dimensions: 2-1/4" length x 1-3/8" width|
|Item #: PT-16521|
|Price: $22,500 – Call: (212) 644-6400|