Art Nouveau Sunflower Pendant
This elegant pendant was made around 1900 by the French goldsmith Léopold Gautrait. It is made of 18 carat gold, ivory, plique- à-jour enamel, diamonds and a teardrop pearl. The graceful femme fleur in profile is carved in ivory. Her hair is depicted in the flowing high relief lines typical of the Art Nouveau period. In her hair the young woman wears a tiny cap of green plique à jour enamel, set with small diamonds. The half visible sunflower against which she is portrayed is made of gold with brownish-green plique à jour enamel. The chain, which is original, also ends in a stylized sunflower motif. The removable loop attaching it to the pendant is set with diamonds, a very elegant way of rendering it less obvious.
In the original Maison Vever case.
Literature: Pariser Schmuck, p. 206, cat. no. 128, for the counterpart to this piece
|Style period:||Art Nouveau|
|Dimensions:||8.5 cm (l)|