A French Art Deco platinum and diamond bracelet . The wide, flexible, openwork bracelet is composed of 3 diamond plaques centering on 3 Old European-cut diamonds that weigh approximately .95 carat, .85 carat and .80 carat. There are 411 old European-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 12.50 carats that form a geometric pattern. The larger diamonds are framed with 24 baguette-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 2.00 carats. The total approximate weight of the bracelet is 28.00 carats, G/H/I color, VS/SI clarity. Similar bracelets are pictured in Art Deco Jewelry, by Sylvie Raulet, Rizzoli, 1984, pages 84,154.
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 images 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.
An Art Nouveau gilt bronze and glass "Grapevine" picture frame by Tiffany Studios New York with an oval aperture. A similar frame is pictured in: "Tiffany Desk Sets," by William R. Holland, Atglen, PA: Schiffer, 2008, p. 95, figure 3-39.
A Tiffany Studios New York patinated bronze "Lily Pad" dressing mirror with a lily pad base and twisted vine frame. Pictured in "Tiffany Lamps and Metalware: an illustrated reference to over 2000 models" by Alastair Duncan, page 402, plate 1633, #899.
A pair of Spanish Art Nouveau armchairs with giltwood frames by Joan Busquets. Made for Antonio Gaudi''s Palacio Güell, Barcelona, Joan Busquets crafted much of Gaudi''s furniture. A member of a family that was long involved in the design and manufacture of furniture in Spain, Joan Busquests was a proponent of Art Nouveau and modernism at the turn of the 20th century Spain. Most often associated with the architect and designer Antonio Gaudi and the movement specific to the Catalan region of Barcelona, Busquets''s designs encompass a broader range of European Art Nouveau, particularly those of France and Belgium. His furniture is often reduced in scale, embodies the rococo in an inventive way and uses gilding to enhance and lightened design, as well as to serve as a reflective element. This chair model looks identical to a suite of furniture designed in collaboration with Antonio Gaudi for the Güell Palace, Barcelona that is pictured in situ in a photograph from the palace. These chairs appear to be identical to those pictured. From 1840 on, Joan Busquets produced furniture for numerous distinguished clients in Barcelona, and also supplied the aristocracy in Madrid, Cuba, Puerto Rico and the republics of Central and South America. The leitmotiv of Busquets''s firm was the golden sunflower with sinuous stem (to which must be added other motifs based on flora and fauna, suc
h as lilies, orchids and snails), evident in his furniture designs. Provenance: Pedro Uhart, Paris Allan Stone Gallery, New York (acquired from the above ca. 1986) Exhibited: New York, Allan Stone Gallery, Furniture by Gaudi and Busquets, September 9 - November 26, 1996. New York, Allan Stone Gallery, Nouveau to Modern: Transitions in Art and Design, January 16-March 2, 2013.
A Tiffany Studios New York gilt bronze and Favrile glass picture frame in the "Pine Needle" pattern with an square center and beaded trim, mottled amber and opaque colored glass. A similar picture frame is pictured in: "Tiffany Desk Sets," by William R. Holland, Atglen, PA: Schiffer, 2008, p. 62, figure 2-42.
A Tiffany Studios New York gilt bronze and Favrile glass picture frame in the "Pine Needle" pattern with a square center and beaded trim, mottled amber and opaque colored glass. A similar picture frame is pictured in: "Tiffany Desk Sets," by William R. Holland, Atglen, PA: Schiffer, 2008, p. 62, figure 2-42.
A French Art Nouveau 18 karat gold pendant/brooch with freshwater pearl drop and plique-à-jour enamel, depicting a maiden in profile against a sky with clouds and framed with pink poppy blossoms by Louis Zorra. The serpentine clouds, the woman''s abundant tresses, and the flower tendrils all follow the organic curvilinear line associated with Art Nouveau. Nature, flowers and women are themes that were often explored in tandem by fin-de-siècle artists. Here they function together to create a harmonious and picturesque scene that delights the eye. Pictured in "The French Aesthetic, Art Nouveau", by Victor Arwas, Andreas Papadakis, page 346.
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