• Sale 2390

    Rare Jewels and Objets d'Art: A Superb Collection

    21 October 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1092

    **AN ART NOUVEAU ENAMEL, TORTOISESHELL AND DIAMOND "BLUEBIRD" HAIR COMB, BY LUCIEN GAILLARD

    Price Realised  

    **AN ART NOUVEAU ENAMEL, TORTOISESHELL AND DIAMOND "BLUEBIRD" HAIR COMB, BY LUCIEN GAILLARD
    The arched openwork plaque depicting three dark and light blue enamel and gold bluebirds with diamond-set eyes, soaring through pale blue and white plique-à-jour enamel clouds with old European and rose-cut diamond stars, to the tortoiseshell comb, circa 1900, 4½ x 5 ins., with French importation mark
    Signed L. Gaillard for Lucien Gaillard


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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.


    Literature

    Alastair Duncan, The Paris Salons 1895-1914, Jewellery, Volume 1, The Designers from A to K, Antique Collectors' Club, Suffolk, 1994, cover


    Post Lot Text

    Lucien Gaillard employed Japanese craftsmen at his Parisian firm on la Boetie 107, in order to create jewelry as well as vases and objects for the 1900 Paris Exposition. When René Lalique saw the extraordinary collection of jewelry, he told Gaillard to focus on that area. In the following years, his craftsman created unique pieces with special enamelwork, such as the Bluebird Comb.