A French Art Nouveau patinated bronze sculpture by Théodore Rivie`re, featuring two intricately-sculpted figures from the story of Carthage. The woman has emerald eyes and her crown is accented with rubies. The subject of this figural sculpture is taken from Gustave Flaubert''s novel, "Salammbô." The story takes place between 241 and 238 BC, during the war between Carthage and its mercenaries, who were in revolt. Mâthô, the Lybian rebel chief, fell in love with Salammbô, the daughter of the Carthaginian leader. This scene depicts the moment when the mortally wounded Mâthô dies at Salammbô''s feet, declaring his love for her. The figure of Salammbô, the femme fatale,also inspired other Symbolist artists.Pictured in: "Art Nouveau 1890-1914", V&A exhibit by Paul Greenhalgh, page 122; "Nineteenth Century Sculpture" by Maurice Rheims, p. 372 # 15; and in: "Dynamic Beauty: Sculpture of Art Nouveau Paris" by Macklowe Gallery, The Studley Press, 2011, p. 229.
An English Victorian 18 karat gold and amethyst parure of a rivière necklace and drop earrings. The rivière features 20 deeply-colored oval amethysts on a horizontal orientation set into delicate pie-crust collets that have an approximate total weight of 220 carats. The suite also includes a pair of drop earrings with two beautifully-colored pear-cut amethysts and two circular-cut amethysts that have the approximate total weight of 8.50 carats. With fitted box.
Dimensions: Necklace: 17" length; earrings: 1-3/4" length x 3/8" width
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