An English Edwardian 15 karat gold pendant/brooch with diamond and seed pearls. The pendant/brooch has a bezel-set old mine-cut diamond with an approximate weight of 1.25 carats, and prong-set natural seed pearls. The heart-shape pendant/brooch has a fold-down bale and pendant watch fitting. "The heart-shaped jewel...emblem(s) of sacred and profane love..." Geoffrey C. Munn. Discussed in The Triumph of Love Jewelry 1530-1930, by Geoffrey C. Munn, Thames and Hudson, London, 1993.
|Dimensions: 1'' length x 7/8'' width|
|Item #: BO-17553|
|Price: $12,500 – Call: (212) 644-6400|
A French cameo and enameled glass vase by Emile Gallé. The vase features bleeding heart flowers with stems and leaves wrapped around and cascading down from the neck of the vase. The decoration is intricately enameled in greens, browns, white and red, all set against a vertically ribbed translucent green glass body. The vase is further enhanced with a textured pattern forming a ground for the cameo flowers. The top of the vase culminates in three sections. A similar vase is pictured in: Glass: Art Nouveau to Art Deco, by Victor Arwas, New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1987, p. 108
|Signed: on the side “Gallé” and further marked on the underside with engraved markings “Nancy Depose Ges Gesck”|
|Dimensions: 4'' diameter x 13'' high|
|Item #: G-17436|
|Price: $12,500 – Call: (212) 644-6400|
A French cameo glass "Coeur de Jeanette" vase by Muller Freres. Muller Frères displays an incredible intellectual unity between this vase's design and it's literary title. The "Coeur de Jeanette" was an Alsatian colloquialism for the Bleeding Heart flower. Referring to a jewelry form comprised of a Latin cross suspended from a bleeding heart, newly working young girls across Northern France would use four months of pay to make their first autonomous purchase. Crucially the purchase was made on the titular Fête de la Saint-Jean. The "Coeur de Jeannette" represented a rite of passage for young Alsatian girls, and one that is perfectly expressed by this vase's crepuscular setting. Just as twilight denotes the border between day and night, the Fête de la Saint-Jean marked the border between girlhood and womanhood. The "Coeur de Jeanette" is an inverted baluster shaped vase that has been blown, cased, cameo-cut, wheel engraved, and enameled. The vase has a lipless rim and a splayed firing foot. A shell of opalescent glass was blown onto a core of non-lead colorless glass. The opalescent glass gives the interior a captivating rainbow iridescence that is brought out under reflected light. The gather was subsequently marvered and cased in a layer of silver nitrate amber glass, an intercalaire layer of translucent white glass and finished with a layer of translucent aubergine glass. The intercalaire layer has a spatter of powdered glass inclusions that radiates from the base to the rim. The powdered glass inclusions come in two colors: translucent fuschia pink and opaque periwinkle. The opaque periwinkle serves as a reprise to the milky color of the vase's opalescent glass interior. The translucent aubergine glass was deeply carved, giving the veins and leaf margins the highest relief. This technique perfectly captures the transmitted light that affects leaves with frontal views and upward-facing planes. Miniscule bubbles were created on the surface of the translucent white layer by sprinkling bistre colored glass inclusions on the surface while the gather was still in a semi-molten state. In the process of blowing the vase, the base was subtly twisted clockwise from the foot, giving the viewer a sensation of rising air. Two racemes of foreground blooms were enameled in two layers. For the normal cultivars, the fuschia pink of the powdered inclusions are reprised as a layer atop the cream colored enamel, applied thickly or thinly depending on the petal's venation, with a brush and needle. For the white "Alba" cultivar, a variation on the "grisaille" technique was used. The shadows of the petal were modeled by exposing the aubergine glass underneath. A layer of translucent "jaune d'antimoine" (antimony yellow) enamel was applied, reflecting the light of the amber colored sky. Latent in the piece is the repeated graduation of pictorial motifs, namely the graduation of the magnitude of blooms on each flower raceme, the illusion of depth created by racemes of different sizes and the graduation of the edges of the leaves towards the base and foot. The softness of the edges serve to mimic human vision in crepuscular settings. Masses become unified in tone while backlit individual objects still retain some sharpness as they silhouette against the flaxen twilight. References: Kelly, Barbara L. 2008. French music, culture, and national identity: 1870-1939. Rochester: University of Rochester Press. Baudoin, Marcel & Lacoulomere, Georges., Le Coeur Vendéen, Société d'Anthropologie de Paris, 1903
|Artist: Muller Freres|
|Signed: MULLER FRES LUNÉVILLE|
|Dimensions: 11'' high x 3-13/16'' diameter|
|Item #: G-17749|
|Price: $15,000 – Call: (212) 644-6400|
A French Art Nouveau 18 karat gold and enamel pendant necklace by Eugène Feuillâtre. The bell shape pendant is enameled in a whimsical flower and heart shaped leaf vine motif. Chain later.
|Artist: Eugène Feuillâtre|
|Signed: Feuillâtre house and French control marks|
|Dimensions: pendant 2-1/4" length , later chain 18-1/2 '' length x 3/8-1-1/4'' wide|
|Item #: PT-18013|
|Price: $11,000 – Call: (212) 644-6400|
An Antique 18 kt gold and oxidized silver pendant with diamonds. The heart pendant has 89 old mine-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 10.00 carats. The reverse of the pendant is crystal backed to create a locket compartment which would contain a 'token of love'. "The heart-shaped jewel...emblem(s) of sacred and profane love..." Geoffrey C. Munn. Discussed in The Triumph of Love Jewelry 1530-1930, by Geoffrey C. Munn, Thames and London, 1993.
|Dimensions: 1-1/2" length (with bale) x 7/8" width|
|Item #: PT-17045|
|Price: $32,500 – Call: (212) 644-6400|
A Victorian 15 karat gold brooch with moonstones, diamonds and rubies. The coupled heart-shaped moonstones are each framed by a bright ring of alternating round-cut diamonds and rubies, and topped with a flowing diamond and ruby ribbon tied in a bow. The brooch's 23 old mine-cut diamonds have an approximate total weight of .70 carats, and the 25 old European-cut rubies have an approximate total weight of 1.07 carats.
|Dimensions: 1'' length x 1'' width|
|Item #: BO-18844|
|Price: $6,500 – Call: (212) 644-6400|
An American Art Nouveau enamel, 14 karat bloomed gold and diamond pendant locket. The figure on the heart-shaped pendant locket wears an old European-cut diamond 'earring' with an approximate weight of .04 carat. The uniquely-shaped pendant locket has double-sided compartments.
|Signed: Engraved initials "ER"|
|Dimensions: 2'' length x 1-1/4'' width|
|Item #: PT-18334|
|Price: $6,750 – Call: (212) 644-6400|
A charming 18 karat gold chain featuring six heart-shaped, diamond-studded dangling charms with a matching pair of two-tiered diamond and gold heart shaped earrings. Each heart in this traditionally sentimental late Victorian suite is studded with approximate total weigh of 2.20 carats of old European-cut diamonds adding substantial sparkle to the already brilliant polished gold. The highly sentimental nature of Victorian jewelry is due in large part to the great love affair between Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The young Queen and her Prince were among the 19th Century's most celebrated icons of fashion, and they openly celebrated their very doting relationship by giving each other jewelry with snakes or hearts, symbols of eternal love. Although lockets with compartments designed to hold human hair are most often associated with mourning jewelry, they were also, as this necklace and earring suite most probably were, presented as tokens of love.
|Dimensions: Necklace: 16'' long; earring 1-1/4" long|
|Item #: STE-19211|
|Price: $29,500 – Call: (212) 644-6400|