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. This is the first appearance of the perfect form of Mucha's often-used motif, a 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 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 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|
A pair of Antique 18 karat gold/silver top earrings with Hessonite garnets and diamonds. The earrings have 2 pear-cut garnets with an approximate total weight of 8.40 carats, 2 cushion-cut garnets with an approximate total weight of 4.40 carats, and 128 rose-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of .64 carat which surround the articulated pear-cut garnets and form classic clusters with the cushion-cut garnets.
|Dimensions: 2 inch in length x 5/8 inch in width|
|Item #: ER-15811|
|Price: $25,000 – Call: (212) 644-6400|
An Antique 18 karat gold and platinum ring with diamonds and blue sapphire. The ring has 34 old mine-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 1.15 carats, and a blue sapphire with an approximate weight of .46 carat. Ring size 6; this ring can be sized.
|Item #: R-15901|
|Price: $9,500 – Call: (212) 644-6400|
An Antique 18 karat gold and enamel pendant cross with lapis lazuli. The pendant cross is designed in a Renaissance Revival style, intricately enameled and backed with lapis lazuli and inlaid gold. Hair locket. Inscribed "HAC" and "Obit July 6th, 1877".
|Dimensions: 3-1/8" x 2-3/8" wide|
|Item #: PT-15911|
|Price: $45,000 – Call: (212) 644-6400|
A pair of antique silver-top/18 karat gold rhodium plated earrings with diamonds. The pair of earrings have 96 Old European-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 8.70 carats, (including large diamonds, approximate weight .75 carat each), H/I/J color, SI clarity.In the late 19th century, a revival of Georgian and French 18th-Century design took place. These pendeloque ear pendants exemplify this revival, as the majority of ear pendants of this age were set entirely with diamonds or a combination of diamonds and pearls.Similar examples of these earrings are illustrated in Earrings, by Daniela Mascetti and Amanda Triossi, Thames & Hudson, 1990, pgs. 71-76.
|Dimensions: 1-1/2" length x 3/4" width|
|Item #: ER-16126|
|Price: $32,500 – Call: (212) 644-6400|