London, South Kensington
11 December 2001
An Art Nouveau gilt and enamel buckle by Piel Freres,
the circular panel depicting the profile head of a maiden with flowing hair, her face of imitation ivory, against a pink enamel ground, her flowing locks extending either side (one side bent), the reverse with makers mark.
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