• 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 1093

    **AN ART NOUVEAU DIAMOND, IVORY AND PLIQUE-A-JOUR ENAMEL "BELLE DE NUIT" BROOCH

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    **AN ART NOUVEAU DIAMOND, IVORY AND PLIQUE-A-JOUR ENAMEL "BELLE DE NUIT" BROOCH
    Designed as a carved ivory figure of Night with a rose-cut diamond sash, extending blue plique-à-jour enamel wings scattered with diamond collets, enhanced by a diamond trim and diamond stars, set against an old European and rose-cut diamond crescent moon and scattered star backdrop, mounted in platinum and silver-topped gold, circa 1900, (with pendant hoops for suspension)
    Signed B for Edmond Becker


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    The identity of the maker of this Symbolist masterpiece is unknown, though the ivory figure of a woman is thought to have been carved by sculptor Edmond-Henri Becker. His heroine rises into the night as the apotheosis of beauty lifted by bat wings to the moon and stars.

    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

    BELLE DE NUIT


    Literature

    Judith Price, Masterpieces of Twentieth Century French Jewelry from American Collections, Running Press, Philadelphia, 2006, page 34