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Lalique’s Inspired Art Nouveau Jewelry

Published on , by Philippe Dufour

At this Chartres sale, watches and jewelry rivaled each other in originality, especially a brooch depicting one of Lalique’s muses with swirling hair.

Lalique, signed yellow gold and celadon enamel brooch, rose-cut diamonds, enameled... Lalique’s Inspired Art Nouveau Jewelry

Lalique, signed yellow gold and celadon enamel brooch, rose-cut diamonds, enameled reverse, 4.1 x 3.2 cm/1.61 x 1.3 in, 21 g/0.74 oz.
Result: €22,200

A leaf-crowned young woman with an aquiline profile is the central feature of this yellow gold and celadon enamel brooch. A rose-cut diamond tiara bedecks her long wind-blown hair, the locks divided into sinuous motifs. This inimitable style can only be René Lalique's, and indeed his signature adorns the piece (4.1 x 3.2 cm/1.6 x 1.3 in, 21 g/0.74 oz, €22,200).

Slightly earlier and more traditional in design, an elegant yellow gold choker necklace (l. 36.5 cm/14.4 in), to which a strand of pendants set with pearls (likely fine grade) and rose-cut diamonds can be added, also made quite a stir, fetching €12,236. Accompanied by a pair of stud earrings, it came in a shaped box signed "Guillot Frères, Joailliers, Bijoutiers, 19 rue des Moulins, Paris" (total net weight: 65.40 g/2.3 oz). €9,393 went to a 19th-century yellow gold jewelry set including a necklace (l. approximately 40 cm/15.8 in, net weight 116 g/4.1 oz)—featuring openwork designs decorated with precious metal granules, jewelry ribbons, enameled florets and red stones—, a pair of earrings and a brooch.

A round yellow gold Breguet 1359 men’s wristwatch (diam. 3.1 cm/1.2 in) fetched €12,600, the highest result for a timepiece at this sale. It came with a case and a movement numbered "4564" (net weight: 41.1 g/1.5 oz).

bijoux, montres, horlogerie, argenterie, monnaies
Saturday 20 November 2021 - 14:00 (CET)
7, rue Collin-d'Harleville - 28000 Chartres
Ivoire - Galerie de Chartres (Gody-Baubau - Maiche - Paris - Rivière)
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