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    Sale 1359

    Jewels: The Geneva Sale

    20 November 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 95

    **A FINE ART NOUVEAU CORAL, ENAMEL, AND GOLD CHOKER, BY RENÉ LALIQUE

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    **A FINE ART NOUVEAU CORAL, ENAMEL, AND GOLD CHOKER, BY RENÉ LALIQUE
    Designed as intertwined openwork holly leaves in green pique-à-jour enamelled gold, with clusters of coral berries, circa 1900, 35.0 cm long, in a René Lalique 20 rue Thérèse Paris green leather case
    Signed Lalique for René Lalique


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    René Lalique acquired his premises at Rue Thérèse in 1890, with a staff numbering approximately 30. It was there that Lalique began to incorporate glass motifs into his jewels, from the late 1890s onwards, during which time his use of enamels also became more adventurous. Enamel became almost an intrinsic part of a Lalique jewel and his masterful technique of transparent pique-à-jour enamel in particular, was perfected as a recognisably unrivalled technique.

    Special Notice

    Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A LADY


    Literature

    Marie Claude Lalique, 'Lalique par Lalique', Paris (1977), page 63

    Vivienne Becker, The Jewellery of René Lalique, A Goldsmiths' Company Exhibition, London (1987), page 146

    Christie's, Magnificent Jewels, Geneva, 14-15 May 1980, lot 566