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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|
A visual feast!
Thanks to Tadema Gallery for information and images.