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Brooches

A convolvulus flower brooch

Enamelled and jewelled gold

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the undulating flower head centred with three diamond-setstamen from which five rows of diamonds emanate, the surface decorated with deep sky blue translucent enamel, the shimmering quality of which is enhanced by the rippling of the delicate petals, the stem further set with diamonds.

Signed with the poinçon of Duval et Le Turcq.

Paris, 1889-1894.

3 cm across

£14, 500

Contained in its original square leather case, the lid satin indicating that the jewel was retailed by the firm of Vever, and stamped

‘Anc(ienne) M(ais)on Marret et Baugrand/Vever/
19 rue de la Paix 19/
Grand Prix 1889/ Exp(ositi)on Univ(erselle) Paris 1889’.

Julien Duval and Georges Le Turcq, both students at the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs,  formed a jewellery partnership in 1885 which lasted until 1894.  The enamelled orchids and butterflies they made circa 1889 met with great success and their botanical studies were evidently retailed by their contemporaries, as demonstrated by the presence of the convolvulus in its original presentation box bearing the name of the jeweller Vever.

Another example with pink enamel was retailed by Cartier. This brooch is held in the Cartier Collection and illustrated in The Cartier Collection , Jewelry. Volume 1,  F. Chaille, (Paris, 2018) pages 28 & 29.