A French Art Nouveau clock in gilt bronze by Maurice Dufrène with dancing figures modeled by Félix Voulot for the Parisian atelier La Maison Moderne. A similar model of this clock is part of the permanent collection of the Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg. Signed, "F. Voulot 1900". Pictured in The Paris Salons: 1895-1914, Volume V: Objects d'Art & Metalware, by Alastair Duncan, pages 38 and 227. Also pictured in L'Ofevrerie et Le Bronze, L'Art Decoratif, by Charles Torquet, page 207.
|Dimensions: 21¾'' high x 8'' wide x 5½'' deep|
|Item #: S-14554|
|Price: $29,500 – Call: (212) 644-6400|
A French Art Deco platinum double clip brooch with diamonds by Ostertag. The double clip brooch has 182 round and baguette-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 9.50 carats, G/H/I color, VS/SI clarity. Original bill of sale from M.S.Arnold Ostertag. The clips are designed in a stylized wing motif. Signed box, 'Paris Arnold Ostertag'. The firm of Ostertag was founded in the 1920's by Swiss-born, Arnold Ostertag (1883 – c.1940) is said to have created objects that rivaled the creations of the more celebrated houses of Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Boucheron. The Ostertag Maison was located in Paris, at number 16 Place Vendôme near other important jewelry houses of the day.During the 1920s and 1930s, Ostertag was especially known for jewelry and objets d'art based on Asian and Indian designs. One style, known as Tutti Frutti, popular from the early 1920s to the late 1930s combined influences from Islamic religious architecture and so-called Hindu or Indian styles.Emeralds, carved rubies, and sapphires – often imported from worldwide locations – were interspersed with diamonds. The jewels were crafted into unique pieces using the highest known techniques of the day and arranged into flowers and leaves, studded with berries and fruit. Many of the creations were purchased by an elite clientele that ranged from empresses, kings, and dukes to celebrities.Ostertag was among the renowned Parisian jewelers, led by Cartier and Mauboussin that were invited to commission masterpieces in collaboration with other respected and well-known jewelry and timepiece houses of the day. Ostertag's objets d'art and decorative clocks made by the revered clockmaker, George Verger, are jeweled works of art.In 1929 Ostertag exhibited jewelry and objets d'Art at the Musee Galliera. Ostertag's Paris shop continued until late 1939 when he left for America where he died around 1940.His biographers, Proddow and Healy, write that Ostertag regularly visited America in years between World Wars I and II. They write that he would come to New York in mid-October, spend two months in Los Angeles, then visit Florida, and return to Paris via Cannes at Easter. After two months in Paris, he spent July in Deauville, August in the south of France, and September in Biarritz.At the onset of World War II, Maison Ostertag closed its doors forever. Discussed in Art Deco Jewelry by Sylvie Raulet, Rizzoli, 1985.
|Signed: House marks (partial) and French Control Marks|
|Dimensions: 1-3/8" length x 2-5/8" width|
|Item #: BO-17293|
|Price: $45,000 – Call: (212) 644-6400|
An important French Retro, platinum and 18-karat gold bracelet with diamonds, rubies, and rose quartz by George Verger. The bracelet consists of two facing, rose quartz, multi-ball clusters with bezel-set round cut ruby tops with an approximate total weight of 1.65 carats. The solid pink gold cuff is center-hinged, and the two clusters are accented on the sides by old European-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 1.30 carats and calibre-cut rubies with an approximate total weight of 1 carat.The Jacques Verger workshop was a successful, behind the scenes force creating jewels for Boucheron, Cartier, Gübelin, Tiffany, and Van Cleef & Arpels, as well making his own signed pieces, like this bracelet which bears the Verger maker's marks. Verger is known for his magnificent clocks featuring strongly defined shapes, simple lines and stylized decoration. For the Haute Joaillerie he created the most elaborate fancies of form and color contrast, as we see here in this important gold and platinum bracelet.
|Artist: George Verger|
|Signed: “Verger” with French marks for 18kt gold and platinum|
|Dimensions: extends from 6 1/2" to 7" length x 1" width|
|Item #: BA-14162|
|Price: Price on Request. Call (212) 644-6400|
A French Art Nouveau lithograph entitled "The Seasons" by Alphonse Mucha. One of Mucha's most enduring sets, the popularity of his lively depictions made this one of the most popular decorative panel sets. The seasons are depicted out of order, from left to right: summer as a brunette lazing by a pond, spring as a blond fashioning a lute from her long hair, autumn a blazing redhead sampling the seasons harvest, and winter a brunette draped in a green clock in a snowy landscape. This set was offered for sale by print dealer A. Arnould as a supplement to his 1896 "in ten colors" catalogue for 40 francs. Circa 1896. Pictured in Alphonse Mucha: The Complete Posters and Panels by Jack Rennert and Alain Weill, pg. 90-99
|Dimensions: 18" high x 25" wide|
|Item #: ML-12069|
|Price: $17,500 – Call: (212) 644-6400|
An Austrian Art Nouveau porcelain and silvered clock by Paul Follot. This clock heavily features the arabesquing line of the Art Nouveau movement, both in shape and in the relief decoration. Abstract blue flower buds decorate the clock in panels at the top and behind the clock face. The silvered clock face and pendulum are also decorated in the whiplash motif, which makes this clock a complete and total work of Art Nouveau.A similar clock is pictured in: Art Nouveau: The French Aesthetic, by Victor Arwas, London: Andreas Papadakis, 2002, p. 333; a similar clock is also pictured in the 1904 Louis Majorelle Catalog, in the "Les Algues" Chamber, near the end of the catalog.
|Dimensions: 16'' high x 6-1/2'' wide x 3-1/2'' deep|
|Item #: C-17666|
|Price: $35,000 – Call: (212) 644-6400|
A rare French Art Nouveau silver and plique-à-jour enamel "Capucines" clock with butterflies and nasturtiums by Eugène Feuillâtre. The front and sides of the clock are decorated with enameled orange flowers and green leaves. The top and back are gold-washed and heavily engraved with flowers and vines. The clock face features two painted butterflies.Provenance: Collection of Jerome Shaw, FloridaA similar clock is pictured in: The Paris Salons 1895-1915, Vol. V: Objects d'Art and Metalware, by Alastair Duncan, Woodbridge, Suffolk: Antique Collectors' Club, 1999, p. 255. Exhibited: La Société des Artistes Français, 1902.
|Signed: Feuillâtre Sc., clockworks incised Lepine Aiguilles 28962|
|Dimensions: 6-1/4'' high x 3-1/2'' wide x 3-1/2'' deep|
|Item #: F-17985|
|Price: Price on Request. Call (212) 644-6400|