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    Sale 2121

    RARE JEWELS AND GEMSTONES: THE EYE OF A CONNOISSEUR(CANCEL)

    15 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1106

    AN ART NOUVEAU ENAMEL, DIAMOND AND SAPPHIRE "JUNO" PENDANT, BY BOUCHERON

    Estimate

    AN ART NOUVEAU ENAMEL, DIAMOND AND SAPPHIRE "JUNO" PENDANT, BY BOUCHERON
    Centering upon a carved white jadeite Juno, the queen of the gods, with gold hair and a purple, blue and green enamel headdress, accented by old European-cut diamonds and gold bead detail, with a purple enamel breastplate set with a cushion-cut yellow sapphire within an old European-cut diamond surround, flanked by a blue, green and purple enamel peacock with diamond accents, suspending green and blue enamel eye-of-the-peacock feathers and a detachable pear-shaped yellow sapphire and diamond pendant, mounted in silver-topped gold, circa 1900, (with hoops for suspension)
    Signed FIC Boucheron for Frédéric Boucheron, Paris


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    Literature

    Alastair Duncan, The Paris Salons, 1895-1914, Vollume II, Jewellery, The Designers L-Z, The Antique Collectors' Club Ltd., Suffold, 1994, page 89


    Exhibited

    Paris, Exposition Universelle, 1900


    Post Lot Text

    This is the view of Juno, the queen of the gods, given by Virgil in the first book of the Aeneid, a domestic figure wearing the suit of armor. Peacocks, a favorite Art Nouveau motif, were her emblem. The jeweler has colored the entire jewel with her hues and distinctive features.