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    Sale 7606

    The London Sale, Jewels

    11 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 129

    A GOLD, JADE AND RUBY BELT BUCKLE, BY BOUCHERON

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    A GOLD, JADE AND RUBY BELT BUCKLE, BY BOUCHERON
    Designed as two confronting lionesses clasping in their jaws a cornelian and standing on a carved jade lion's head, circa 1900, 7.5 cm high, with French assay mark for gold
    Signed Fic. Boucheron


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    A version of this buckle was shown at the Centennial Exhibition in Paris in 1900, in which the lion was carved from emerald. It was carved by H.A Burdy, a well known engraver who won a prize at the Prix de Rome in 1863. The buckle was designed by Lucien Hirtz and made by Epinasse and Varanoz.

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    Literature

    Cf. Gilles Néret, Boucheron, Rizzoli, New York, page 64
    Cf. ed. Hugh Tait, The Art of the Jeweller, British Museum, London, 1984, colour plate 59, No. 1113
    Cf. Vivienne Becker, Art Nouveau Jewellery, Thames & Hudson, London, 1985, plate 144
    Cf. The Belle Epoque of French Jewellery 1850-1910, Heneage, London, 1990, page 148