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|
An English Georgian 18 karat gold and porcelain enamel Lover's Eye pendant necklace with half pearls. The pendant necklace has 47 half pearls approximately 3 mm. in size surrounding the pendant. This unique pendant is composed of symbolic elements of memorial jewelry. In this piece, the pearl frame signifies tears, white -- a traditional memorial color -- is used heavily, and a bucolic garden -- yet another symbol of memorials -- is featured prominently. The flaming heart and the lover's eye denote a passionate love that had ended. As Ginny Dawes notes, "In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries there was a fashion in love jewelry, for Memento Mori or 'vanitas' pieces which meant, literally, 'remember you must die'," and to memorialize the love that has departed. With fitted box.
|Dimensions: 2 3/8 inches x 1 5/8 inches in width|
|Item #: PT-17160|
|Price: $15,000 – Call: (212) 644-6400|
Carrington & Company Edwardian Diamond Silver Top Gold Colliar de Chien Necklace, Bracelet, Bandeau Headband
Originally retailed by Carrington & Co, London, the convertible choker/necklace/ bracelet/bandeau/headband comes with its original box and headband frame to which the necklace is attached with small screws. The necklace is composed of old-mine and old-European cut diamonds set circles with graduated stones in size from approximately .05 carat on the ends and increase in size progressively toward the middle circle which is set with approximately .15 carat old-mine and old-European cut diamonds. The necklace features 250 Old European-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 24.00 carats. Silver top 18 karat gold. With signed Carrington & Co. box.
|Dimensions: 12-1/2" Interior Length x 3/4 - 5/8" Width|
|Item #: N-10287|
|Price: Price on Request. Call (212) 644-6400|
An Antique silver-top 15 karat gold necklace, composed of 5 openwork flower motif clusters. The clusters are connected by diamond set swag links. Both clusters and links are set with old mine cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 16.80 carats.
|Dimensions: +/- 16" length|
|Item #: N-10920|
|Price: $39,500 – Call: (212) 644-6400|
An Antique 15 karat gold link repousse necklace. The long chain/necklace is composed of alternating flower medallions and textured open oval links.
|Dimensions: 50" length|
|Item #: N-13163|
|Price: $19,500 – Call: (212) 644-6400|
An English Antique 18 karat gold ring with emeralds. The ring has 5 graduated rectangular-cut emeralds with an approximate total weight of 2.65 carats, mounted in a deeply scooped gallery ring. The emeralds are most likely of Colombian origin.Provenance: Michael Welby Collection, London. Ring size 5; this ring can be sized.
|Item #: R-15474|
|Price: $32,500 – Call: (212) 644-6400|
An English antique 18 karat gold pendant locket with pearls and diamonds. The pendant locket has 1 old mine-cut diamond with an approximate total weight of .18 carat which is surrounded by a seed pearl-set garland. The locket is suspended from an antique 18 karat chain and has a split opening with two interior compartments.
|Dimensions: 25" length x 1-1/2" width|
|Item #: PT-15649|
|Price: $9,500 – Call: (212) 644-6400|