A Fin De Siecle Egyptian Revival Necklace By Guillemin Freres

By -

A Fin De Siecle Necklace in Gold, Turquoise, Enamel, Diamond and Pearl… 

Something out of the box for you – an exceptionally fine and rare example of a fin de siecle (end of the century) necklace c.1900, made by the French jewelers Guillemin Freres. This is a wonderful piece of jewelry, the scarab beetle embodying the popular Egyptian Revival style of the Victorians, combined with the organic and elegant forms of Art Nouveau.

It is suspended on a most beautiful chain with pale rosy pearls at intervals, just catching the slightly darker (heavenly!) rose of the pearl on the scarab itself.

The case is a work of art in itself, and I do love the thoughtful and artistic arrangement of the chain in its sculpted padding.

It is offered for sale by Tadema Gallery, and I notice they have it on 1stdibs as well – at a price of $76,383.19 AUD

It is cited in Henri Vever’s ‘La Bijouterie Française au XIXe Siècle’, translated by Katherine Purcell, pp. 661, 662, 663 & 665.

H  11.00 cm (4.33 in)  |  W  4.00 cm (1.57 in)  |  L  50.00 cm (19.69 in)

Origin France, c. 1900
Marks Maker’s mark & Eagle’s head
Case Original Fitted Case
Condition Good commensurate with age
Weight 40.00 Grams

A visual feast!

Thanks to Tadema Gallery for information and images.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *