Piel Freres brooch of gilt and hard enamel with exotic pink heron standing in a blue sea framed by Art Nouveau whiplashes, cat tails, and foliage. 1900's France. Excellent condition. Piel Frères, Paris jewelry firm (at 31 Rue Mesley) which caused a sensation at the Paris International Exhibition in 1900 with its fashionable but inexpensive 'art' jewels. The head of the firm was Alexandre Piel, who worked with the sculptor Gabriel Stalin as artistic director. In their jewels, sculpted ivory was replaced by the new plastic material, celluloid, while copper and silver replaced gold. Critics approved of these substitutes, since the aim was to present art at an affordable price. Piel Frères' jewels were often gilt or enamelled, which they accomplished successfully on the difficult media of copper and silver. The designs were excellent, and they are known particularly for their range of buckles. 1.75" x 1.75"
- CreatorPiel Freres
- Of the Period
- Place of originFrance
- Date of manufacture1900
W 1.75 in. x D 1.75 in. x L 1.75 in.
W 4.45 cm x D 4.45 cm x L 4.45 cm
- Length1.75 in. (4.45 cm)
- Seller locationRiverdale, NY
- Reference numberAU140207462038
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