A Gold and Gem-set Coffee Bean Brooch by Fonsèque et Olive

Paris, c.1885


comprising of two deep brown frosted glass coffee beans mounted on a yellow gold foliate stem with two buds represented by rose cut diamonds.

French poinçon for yellow gold
Paris, c.1885.

Henri Vever records in La Bijouterie Française au XIXe Siècle (see pg 1034 of the English translation by Katherine Purcell) that these coffee bean brooches were originally presented in
fitted cases which represented a ‘coffee husk’. The design is attributed by Vever to Emile Olive (1853-1902), a highly skilled artist who had succeeded George Le Saché as designer at the firm of Falize and went on to establish a partnership with Monsieur Fonsèque in 1885.

An archival illustration of an almost identical coffee bean brooch appears on page 1024 of La Bijouterie Française au XIXe Siècle (see reproduction below).

4cm x 2.5cm