René Lalique's love ring: a refined celebration of Art Nouveau modernism.
Lalique, ring, Le Baiser (The Kiss), with two profiles kissing, one in relief, the other in intaglio, pressed glass, gold and enamelled thistle decoration, signed, around 1900-1905, weight : 6.35g.
This kiss roundly fulfilled all hopes in garnering a splendid €85,800 from a French collector, after a high estimate of €8,000. Far more than a piece of jewelry, this ring, a masterpiece of refinement in terms of craftsmanship and subject, is a genuine manifesto for Lalique's style. The creator was at the height of his powers in 1900, as was evident from his stand at the Paris Exposition, the legendary world's fair of the same year. In replacing precious stones with enamel, and introducing glass and other materials like horn and ivory into his pieces, he brought traditional jewelry into the modern world. More classic pearl necklaces also largely topped their estimates, like a necklace with fifty fine and ten fancy pearls, which shot up to €50,050. Boucheron played with the cuts (round, brilliant and baguette) of everlasting diamonds set in a bracelet that fetched €36,400, while Després charmed viewers with the minimalism of an articulated silver bracelet, finally carried off for €22,750.