Joseph Lucien Mignon FALIZE (1839-1897)
Set in 18K gold 750‰ and silver 2nd title 800‰, consisting of a pair of earrings and a necklace in the Indian style, adorned with rose-cut diamonds and turquoise.
The oval-shaped pendants, chiseled with openwork scrolls of leaf motifs, highlighted with a punctuation of rose-cut diamonds on the outside and balls on the inside. The clip system is attached to the back of a polylobed flower, the petals set with calibrated cabochon-cut turquoise, the center set with a rose-cut diamond.
The spring systems for undrilled ears are signed ALOUIS.
The necklace is composed of twenty-one oblong plates, of increasing size, mounted on a chain, adorned with an openwork design of interlacing, leaves and a poly-lobed flower, the petals set with calibrated cabochon-cut turquoise, the center set with a rose-cut diamond. The upper part is set with sugar loaf cut turquoise, highlighted with balls, the lower edge is adorned with rose-cut diamonds. The central plate enhanced with a long flower-shaped pattern set with rose-cut diamonds. Ratchet clasp. Marks of the guarantee, posterior. Slight twists in the chain, support of the necklace strengthening the links worn.
In its case with the form in blue leather and velvet and white satin, signed L. FALIZE FILS, Grand Prix 1878, Paris, 43, Avenue de L'Opéra. Indentations on the lid of the case.
H. of the buckles 6 cm Width of the buckles 3,50 cm Length of the necklace 36,50 cm
H. of the necklace in its greatest amplitude 6,40 cm Gross weight 97,40 g
Lucien Falize, son of Alexis Falize, was born in Paris on August 4, 1839.
1871, creation of the firm Falize & Fils; 1873, father and son live at 43 avenue de l'Opéra; 1875, registration of the hallmark Falize Ainé & Fils, living at 35 or 55 ? avenue de l'Opéra; 1875, Alexis Falize's mark is crossed out; 1876, Alexis Falize retires; 1878, Grand Prix at the Paris Exposition; 1880, Falize & Fils is dissolved; 1880 to 1892, Lucien Falize and Germain Bapst are associated at 6 rue d'Anjou; 1892, Lucien Falize's mark is registered.
We note that Lucien Falize is alone between 1878 and 1880. This period could correspond to the dating of the set. Moreover, the very late inscription of the Lucien Falize hallmark might explain the absence of a hallmark on this work.
The Indian style
The design of the earrings is based on the buta or paisley which is the convergence of a stylized floral spray and a cypress tree: a Zoroastrian symbol of life and eternity. The "curved" cedar is a sign of strength and resistance but also of modesty. The floral pattern originated in the Sassanid dynasty and later in the Safavid dynasty of Persia (1501-1736) and was a major textile pattern in Iran during the Kadjar and Pahlavi dynasties. At that time, the pattern was used to decorate royal regalia, crowns and court clothing.