A French Art Nouveau dining suite featuring a dining table with two custom leaves, a set of six mahogany dining chairs with tooled leather and brass tacks and a sideboard featuring a mirror, bronze accents and a marble top by Camille Gauthier & Paul Poinsignon. The sideboard is carved with berries and leaves. It has bronze inlays and a bronze drawer-pull in a sinuous leaf and twisted vine motif. The berries and leaves are also carved into the legs and base of the table. Each tooled leather chair back is affixed with bronze studs and decorated with a different floral image. Dimensions: Dining Table: 29-1/2'''' high x 45'''' wide x 50-1/2'''' long, extends with three leaves to 122-1/2".Dining Chairs: 38¾'''' high x 17'''' wide x 17'''' deep.Sideboard: : 62¾'''' high x 51'''' wide x 21'''' deep.
A pair of French Mid-20th Century 18 karat gold ear clips by Van Cleef and Arpels with diamonds, rubies and sapphires. The 12 round-cut diamonds have the approximate total weight of 1.68 carats and the approximate total weight of the 24 round sapphires and rubies is 2.00 carats. Dating from the 1950s, these stylish earclips represent the spirit of joyful post-war rejuvenation and easy glamour. They belong to a chic and original VCA collection of bold, colorful jewelry, informally named "couscous", which exemplified the relaxed elegance of cocktail hour and women''s renewed social freedom. The domed, voluminous forms, topped with playful beads, center richly colored, gemmy blossoms, combining organic appeal with a sculptural quality. The ear clips are precisely modeled to hug the ear close to the face.Representing the spirit of joyful post-war rejuvenation and easy glamor, this stylish suite, dating from the 1950s, comprises domed earclips and a bombé-form ring. The jewels belong to a chic and original VCA collection of bold, colorful designs which exemplified the relaxed elegance of cocktail hour and women''s renewed social freedom. The domed, voluminous forms, scattered with gemmy blossoms, have an organic appeal characterized by the pleasing asymmetry of nature. The little jeweled flowers, interspersed with playful gold buds, lent the design its name, "Hawaii". A ref
erence to the islands'' climate of eternal spring, the motif derives from the plumeria flower. Like these sensational jewels, plumeria forms dense clusters of vivid blooms composed of perfectly formed petals, while, sprinkled among them, tight buds promise to unfold.
A pair of French Art Nouveau carved walnut sidechairs by Edouard Colonna. Each chair top is decorated with a carved stylized leaf surrounded by a curvilinear frame. The chair backs, upholstered sides and seats are completely framed by gently curving carved wood. They are upholstered in a rich blue velvet. These chairs were part of a salon suite that was created for Siegfreid Bing''s pavilion at the Paris 1900 Exposition Universelle. Pictured in: "Art Nouveau Belgium/France" Rice University, page 175, and: "Meubles et Ensembles Style 1900" by Edith Mannoni, Editions Charles Massin, 1968, p. 22.
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