• Rare Jewels and Objets d'Art:  auction at Christies

    Sale 2390

    Rare Jewels and Objets d'Art: A Superb Collection

    21 October 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1188

    **A PAIR OF ART NOUVEAU TORTOISESHELL AND ENAMEL HAIR COMBS, BY BRAQUEMOND

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    **A PAIR OF ART NOUVEAU TORTOISESHELL AND ENAMEL HAIR COMBS, BY BRAQUEMOND
    Each designed as an arched panel with a flared top elaborately decorated with vibrant, multi-colored plique-à-jour enamel flowers and foliate scrolling detail, on a chartreuse or pink plique-à-jour enamel background, to the scalloped gold trim and tortoiseshell comb, mounted in 18k yellow and rose gold, circa 1900, 5¼ x 5½ ins. each, with French assay marks and maker's mark, (one comb with inscription "Quatrieme Piece executee pour le Baron Bitta dans son atelier a Sevres Dessin de Braquemond email ed riquet, 1900")
    With initial B. for Felix Braquemond and AR for Alexandre Riquet (2)


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    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.


    Post Lot Text

    The original drawings for these magnificent combs were rendered by Felix Braquemond and executed by Alexandre Riquet. The combs formed part of a toilet set for the Baron Vitta in 1900. Baron Joseph Vitta, Italian by descent, lived in Paris where he emerged as a major Art Nouveau patron who exhibited his collection frequently at his house on the Champs Elysées. An article on the Baron's collection appeared in the July 1902 edition of Art et Décoration and some of the objects were later included in a Braquemond exhibition at the 1907 Salon des Beaux-Arts. A catalogue entry, no. 200, states: "Peigne en email cloisonn translucide, or et escaille, fond vert". Included in the original set was a hand-mirror in translucent enamel inset with a gold medallion by Rodin that was purchased by the Cleveland Museum of Art in 1978.