A rare pair of earrings by Georges Fouquet


the upper sections designed as three lotus leaves decorated with plique-à-jour enamel inset with tiny gold paillons,  suspended with two pear-shaped carved opal drops.

Contained in their silk and velvet lined original leather case.

Paris, c.1905.

4cm by 2.2cm across

Earrings by the distinguished Art Nouveau jeweller Georges Fouquet seldom survive, but thankfully the original leather case has protected these delicate earrings.  Opals are often featured in the jeweller’s work, sometimes sliced and set in mosaic form.  The shimmering quality of the plique-à-jour enamel achieved through the use of paillons characterises Fouquet’s fruitful technical collaboration with the master enameller Etienne Tourrette, from 1904 onwards.

Examples of such works decorated with the technique form part of the collections of the Musée du Petit Palais, Paris, the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, and the Schmuckmuseum, Pforzheim..