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    Sale 2121

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

    15 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1110

    THE ICONIC ART NOUVEAU ENAMEL AND MULTI-GEM "LA BRETONNE" PENDANT, BY HENRI VEVER

    Estimate

    THE ICONIC ART NOUVEAU ENAMEL AND MULTI-GEM "LA BRETONNE" PENDANT, BY HENRI VEVER
    Centering upon a sculpted gold female bust in profile, in a calibré-cut opal costume, the bonnet extending to form a scrolling frame, enhanced by old European, single and rose-cut diamond trim, to the carved amethyst sleeve, against an openwork green and yellow enamel floral background, suspending a drop-shaped cabochon amethyst from a detachable rose-cut diamond foliate hoop, mounted in gold, circa 1900
    Signed Vever for Henri Vever, Paris


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    Literature

    Michael Koch, The Belle Epoque of French Jewellery 1850-1910, Thomas Heneage & Co. Limited, London, 1990, pages 202-203

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

    Penny Proddow and Marion Fasel, Bejeweled: Great Designers, Celebrity Style, Harry N. Abrams, New York, 2001, page 51

    A. Kenneth Snowman, The Master Jewelers, Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York, 1990, page 149

    Henri Vever, French Jewelry of the Nineteenth Century, Thames & Hudson, London, 2001, pages 1122 and 1175


    Exhibited

    Art Nouveau, 1890-1914, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 6 April - 30 July 2000; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 8 October, 2000 - 28 January 2001

    The Belle Epoque of French Jewellery, 1850-1910, Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, Munich, 1 December 1989 - 4 March 1990, exhibition catalogue page 202, no. 124

    A Jeweler's Eye, Islamic Arts from the Vever Collection, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution Washington, D.C., 1 October 1988 - 31 July 1989

    Exposition Universelle, Paris, July 1900