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André Rambour French Art Nouveau Gold and Enamel Pendant

A French Art Nouveau 18 karat gold and enamel pendant by André Rambour. The pendant depicts a maiden within an enamel iris which is suspended by fancy link chain and an enameled foliate top. Shown in the Poster House (New York) exhibition "Alphonse Mucha: Art Nouveau./Nouvelle Femme," June 20-October 6, 2019.

André Rambour French Art Nouveau Gold and Enamel Pendant

French Mid-20th Century Diamond and Platinum Earrings

A pair of French Mid-20th Century platinum earrings with diamonds. The earrings have 82 round-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 4.20 carats, and 48 baguette diamonds with an approximate total weight of 3.00 carats, H/I color, VS clarity. The design of the earrings represents the post war 1950''s ''return to glamour'' style of pendant earrings, reminiscent of rainfalls and cascades with articulated tassels. Similar pictured and discussed in Earrings From Antiquity to the Present, by Daniela Mascetti, Amanda Triossi, Thames & Hudson, 1999, pages 172-175.

French Mid-20th Century Diamond and Platinum Earrings

French Art Nouveau Plique-a-Jour, Diamond, and Pearl Pendant/Brooch

A French Art Nouveau 18 karat gold, plique-a-jour enamel, diamond and pearl brooch. The brooch centers a relief portrait of a young woman with flowing hair among flowering vines on a plique-a-jour enamel ground with foliate old mine and rose-cut diamond accents weighing approximately 0.25 carat, suspending a freshwater pearls. With French assay mark.

French Art Nouveau Plique-a-Jour, Diamond, and Pearl Pendant/Brooch

French Art Nouveau Gold Enamel, Diamond, Peridot and Plique-à-Jour ''Juliet'' Pendant

A French Art Nouveau 18 karat gold pendant with diamonds, pearls and peridots. The pendant features a plique-à-jour background with rose-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of .60 carat, 3 freshwater pearls and 3 pear and round-cut peridots with enamel decoration surrounding the profile of Juliet. Shown in the Poster House (New York) exhibition "Alphonse Mucha: Art Nouveau./Nouvelle Femme," June 20-October 6, 2019. Note: This exquisite Art Nouveau image depicts Juliet at the moment when Romeo, lingering in the Montague''s garden, catches sight of her on her balcony. She is illuminated by the dawn light, represented in the jewel by the sparkling diamonds framing her head and the panes of glowing plique-a-jour enamel behind her. Though he first sees Juliet dancing with another man, Romeo is not put off, predicting that their love will prove "a beauteous flower" and identifying her with light: "she teaches the torches to burn bright". Meanwhile, behind a veneer of obedience, Juliette, resolute, witty, and loyal, chooses independence in death over life with the man her father has commanded her to marry. In part thanks to his captivating and complex woman heroes like Juliet, Shakespeare "went global" in the 19th century, inspiring world artists not only in drama but painting, printmaking, fiction, music and jewelry.

French Art Nouveau Gold Enamel, Diamond, Peridot and Plique-à-Jour ''Juliet'' Pendant

Marcus & Co. Art Nouveau Pearl, Diamond and Emerald Brooch

In this lavish brooch, Marcus & Co. offers a Mughal-style jewel interpreted through the lens of American masters of the Art Nouveau. Open to inspiration from great global art, Marcus created this intriguing ornament expressing Mughal sensibility and form, over-spilling with lustrous natural pearls and an emerald drop, gems the empire had eagerly imported from the Arabian Gulf and Colombia. The distinctive, highly-textured Marcus gold work, with its miniature scrolls, incised circles and tiny graduated beads, serves to enhance the fluid lines and organic presence. Wearable on a simple black ribbon or cord, the jewel is a statement of global vision and artistic virtuosity. The pendant-brooch is set with 10 semi-spherical pearls, 15 Old European-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 1.25 carats , suspending an emerald bead. Gemological Institute of America certificate #2171449596 states the pearls are natural saltwater button pearls. The multi-generational New York firm of Marcus & Co was founded by an ambitious young German immigrant who had trained with a prominent court jeweler in Dresden. In 1892, after working with Charles Lewis Tiffany, Hermann Marcus and his sons William and George together set up a business that soon became a glittering New York society institution renowned not only for its superb diamonds, colored stones and pearls, but also its instantly r ... ecognizable, original design style. The firm produced great jewels in the Art Nouveau and Arts & Crafts sensibility, with George, the artist/designer, drawing inspiration from sources as diverse as the contemporary French masters, the Moghuls and Maharajahs, the garland style of the Ancien Regime, and the genius of Renaissance goldsmiths. George''s distinctive, confident hand was always discernible in Marcus creations. Working as a team with George, William was a gem and pearl connoisseur who travelled the world hunting for exceptional gem material, including purchasing the entire production of never-before-seen black opal from Lightning Ridge Australia in 1908. Marcus exhibited at the 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris, and their work won prizes from the prestigious Society of Arts & Crafts of Boston. Plique-à-jour enamel was an art in which the firm excelled. Displaying a mastery equal to that of the French artists, they created jewels with unprecedented three-dimensional depth in this medium. The firm and family were well-known for their charitable activities and promotion of young jewelers such as Raymond Yard. The firm''s jewelry is a focus of the collection of the American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Marcus & Co. Art Nouveau Pearl, Diamond and Emerald Brooch

Marcus & Co. Art Nouveau White Opal and Chrysoprase, Plique-à-Jour Enamel and Gold Pendant Brooch

This Art Nouveau pendant-brooch by Marcus & Co. presents a flowing form abstracted from the delicate shapes of flowers and leafy vines. Its subtle coloration comes from the use of unusual materials, such as rare chrysoprase and translucent plique-à-jour enamel, whose organic greens are set off by pools of spectral hues provided by the shimmering opals. Signature Marcus gold work, characterized by the miniature scrolls, incised circles, stippling, and graduated beads, adds to the organic feeling of the flowing form. Wearable on a simple black ribbon or cord, it is a statement of inspired naturalism. The pendant brooch is set with 6 cabochon white opals, 63 cabochon chrysoprase stones, and is highlighted by plique-à-jour enamel. Suspended from the brooch is an opal and chrysoprase pendant drop. Detachable brooch finding and flip-down bail. Shown in the Poster House (New York) exhibition "Alphonse Mucha: Art Nouveau./Nouvelle Femme," June 20-October 6, 2019.  The multi-generational New York firm of Marcus & Co was founded by an ambitious young German immigrant who had trained with a prominent court jeweler in Dresden. In 1892, after working with Charles Lewis Tiffany, Hermann Marcus and his sons William and George together set up a business that soon became a glittering New York society institution renowned not only for its superb diamonds, colored stones and pearls, but also ... its instantly recognizable, original design style. The firm produced great jewels in the Art Nouveau and Arts & Crafts sensibility, with George, the artist/designer, drawing inspiration from sources as diverse as the contemporary French masters, the Moghuls and Maharajahs, the garland style of the Ancien Regime, and the genius of Renaissance goldsmiths. George''s distinctive, confident hand was always discernible in Marcus creations. Working as a team with George, William was a gem and pearl connoisseur who travelled the world hunting for exceptional gem material, including purchasing the entire production of never-before-seen black opal from Lightning Ridge Australia in 1908. Marcus exhibited at the 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris, and their work won prizes from the prestigious Society of Arts & Crafts of Boston. Plique-à-jour enamel was an art in which the firm excelled. Displaying a mastery equal to that of the French artists, they created jewels with unprecedented three-dimensional depth in this medium. The firm and family were well-known for their charitable activities and promotion of young jewelers such as Raymond Yard. The firm''s jewelry is a focus of the collection of the American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Marcus & Co. Art Nouveau White Opal and Chrysoprase, Plique-à-Jour Enamel and Gold Pendant Brooch

Georges Fouquet French Art Nouveau Opal, Pearl, Gold and Plique-à-Jour Enamel Pendant Necklace

A French Art Nouveau gold and plique-à-jour enamel pendant with opals, freshwater and natural pearls by Georges Fouquet. The pendant has 11 opals, 13 freshwater pearls and one natural saltwater pearl. The pendant is designed in a flowing foliate motif with plique-à-jour enamel leaves floating over translucent opals and decorated with clusters of pearls. With signed G. Fouquet box. Exhibited at the Poster House, New York exhibition, "Alphonse Mucha: Art Nouveau / Nouvelle Femme," June 20-October 6, 2019.

Georges Fouquet French Art Nouveau Opal, Pearl, Gold and Plique-à-Jour Enamel Pendant Necklace

French Belle Epoque Diamond, Pearl, Platinum and Paillet Enamel Watch Necklace

A French Belle Epoque 18 karat gold, platinum, diamond, pearl and Paillet enamel pendant watch necklace. The pendant watch has 26 old European-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 1.05 carats, 70 rose-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of .70 carat, and 28 seed pearls. The back of the pendant has a Paillet enamel depicting putti, Aphrodite with doves in hand and Pandora. It can be counted as an example of the virtuoso enameling Paillet is known for. The platinum chain is composed of 4 diamond-set plaques. Similar pictured in Boucheron Le Joaillier Du Temps, by Gilles Neret, Conti, 1992, pages 49-50.

French Belle Epoque Diamond, Pearl, Platinum and Paillet Enamel Watch Necklace