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 features double sided cuff links with 3 matching dress studs. They 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 serpents that are intertwined are traditional symbols of eternal love. Original box.
|Dimensions: Cufflinks: 7/16 inches in diameter, dress studs: 3/8 inches in diameter|
|Item #: CS-16140|
|Price: $6,500 – Call: (212) 644-6400|
An American Antique gold and plique-à-jour enamel brooch with rubies by Whiteside & Blank. The brooch contains 4 old European-cut rubies rubies with an approximate total weight of .48 carats. The butterfly brooch depicts a nude woman sprouting enamel wings, symbolic of rebirth and metamorphosis. "As in the delicate, plique-à-jour enamel translucent wings of La Libellule attributed to Chalon, artists sometimes decorated wings...Flight implies surging forward and the ephemeral...winged insects and nubile flying nymphs may have been metaphors for the impermanence of life and the rapid pace of unrelenting change." Jessica Ringold in Dynamic Beauty, 2011. Whiteside and Blank was one of the largest and most successful Newark jewelry manufacturing firms from the 1890s until well after World War II. The finest jewelry retailers sold first its jewelry and subsequently its watches. In 1986 Henry Blank & Co. closed its doors for the final time and the company records are now held by the New Jersey Historical Society in Newark. Pictured in The Glitter & The Gold, by Ulysses Grant Dietz,Jenna Weissman Joselit, Kevin J. Smead, Janet Zapata, The Newark Museum, 1997, Cover & Page 34.
|Artist: Whiteside & Blank|
|Signed: Documentation in The Glitter & The Gold Cover page published by the Newark Museum|
|Dimensions: 1-1/4'' high x 1-5/8'' wide|
|Item #: BO-17858|
|Price: $12,500 – Call: (212) 644-6400|
An Art Nouveau 18 karat gold and plique-à-jour enamel bird brooch, featuring a stylized depiction of a sculpted cockatoo set on a green and red plique-à-jour enamel foliate panel with gold trim.
|Dimensions: 1 3/4" in length x 2 1/2" in width|
|Item #: BO-12184|
|Price: $15,000 – Call: (212) 644-6400|
A pair of American Art Nouveau 18 karat gold cuff links by Tiffany & Co. The oval cuff links are decorated in heavy relief with garland and floral motif double borders. The cuff links are double sided with figure eight bar connections.
|Artist: Tiffany & Co|
|Signed: “Tiffany & Co.”|
|Dimensions: 13/16" x 7/16"|
|Item #: CS-15834|
|Price: $6,500 – 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|