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Collection

Necklace, René Lalique, c.1898

Gold, Enamel and Pearls

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Lalique necklace

the pendant centred with a profile portrait of a woman enamelled opaque dusky grey, the sinuous strands of her hair enamelled deep blue, her hand clasping chased gold stems bearing pine cones of carved blue glass and gold needles that cover her head and form the curved framework of the jewel,

the arched forms and the base suspending three baroque pearls. The reverse of the pendant is meticulously engraved to echo those motifs on the front and has a removable brooch fitting.

Fully engraved ‘LALIQUE’

The unusually long chain is set with baroque pearls alternating with pierced gold motifs in the form of stylized needles each bearing a blue glass pine cone. It is terminated with two bolt rings allowing it to be detached when the jewel is worn as a brooch.

Paris, c.1899-1900.

Height of pendant including centre pearl: 8.8 cm (3.5 inches)
Length of chain: 96.5 cm (3 feet 2 inches)

Provenance

Exposition Universelle, Paris, 1900

Illustrated

L ’Exposition Universelle de 1900, Gustave Geffroy, Paris, 1902, table 90.

La Bijouterie Française au XIXe Siècle, Henri Vever, Vol III, p.722 (translated edition page 1230)

René Lalique, Schmuck und Objets d’art 1890-1910, Dr. Sigrid Barten, 1989, p. 316, fig. 633. It is entitled ‘Young woman with pine branches’, the pine being identified as Pinus Silvestris.