Jewels - Art Nouveau Owl Brooch Leopold Gautrait
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Art Nouveau Owl Brooch

This elegant brooch, which can also be used as a pendant, was made around 1900 by the French goldsmith Léopold Gautrait. It is made of 18 carat gold, beryl, enamel and diamonds. The brooch, in the shape of an owl, has a mixed-cut light green beryl weighing approximately eleven carats as its body, accented by old mine and kite-shaped diamonds weighing approximately .65 carat and numerous rose-cut diamonds. The wings are beautifully detailed in blue-grey plique-à-jour enamel with opaque beige enamel accents. The brooch fastening can be removed to that the owl can also be worn as a pendant, suspended from tiny thooks concealed behind the ears. This is one of the only three known examples of this superb brooch, each of which Gautrait made in a different colour. This is the only one with diamond eyes and a beryl as the central stone.

Date: Circa 1900
Made in: Paris
Maker: Leopold Gautrait
Style period: Art Nouveau
Dimensions: 4 x 6 cm (h x w)
Weight: 23 g
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