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Rene Lalique Aquamarine Dragonfly Pendant

$280,470.69

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An important Rene Lalique dragonfly pendant, the pendant set to the centre with a cushion-shaped aquamarine, within an open framework of four opposing dragonflies decorated with plique-a-jour enamel wings, embellished with circular- and rose-cut diamonds, to a green enamel baton link chain, measuring approximately 520mm in length, signed Lalique, with original fitted case by R.Lalique, 40.Cours, La Reine, Paris, circa 1905, gross weight 18.5 grams. Unmarked tested as 18ct gold. An important Rene Lalique dragonfly pendant in excellent condition. This extraordinary necklace comes from the collection of Bentley & Skinner, the London jewellers by appointment to both Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales. Rene Lalique (1860-1945) was a pioneer of the Art Nouveau style. The Art Nouveau style began at the turn of the century as a reaction against 19th century historicism and eclecticism. Art Nouveau rejected the forms and motifs popularized in Victorian art and jewellery and embraced natural forms. Lalique was described as the inventor of modern jewellery by Emile Galle: his booth at the Exposition Universalle of 1900 was extremely well received and he won praise for his innovative and masterful designs. This spectacular piece is a masterpiece of both Lalique and of Art Nouveau: it blurs the lines between fine art and applied art. This necklace features four naturalistic dragonflies, each decorated with Lalique’s signature enamel. In the centre is a beautiful pale blue aquamarine. The chain itself features delicate enamelled links. The craftsmanship is exquisite, and no detail has been spared. This is a remarkable and special piece: two similar dragonfly pieces are in the collection of the Museu Calouste Gulbenkian in Lisbon. Should you choose to make this purchase we would be delighted to send it to you in a Bentley & Skinner handmade leather case packed in a gift-wrapped Bentley & Skinner black and gold presentation box. Shortly afterwards we will send you on a valuation for insurance purposes for your reference and safekeeping.

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René Lalique

The career of the famed jewelry designer, glassmaker and decorative artist René Lalique spanned decades and artistic styles. Best known today for his works in glass, Lalique first won recognition for his jewelry. He was described as the inventor of modern jewelry by the French artist and designer Émile Gallé, and his luxurious naturalistic designs helped define the Art Nouveau movement. Later as a glassmaker in the 1920s and ‘30s, Lalique designed vases, clocks, chandeliers and even car hood ornaments that were the essence of Art Deco chic. Even now, the name Lalique continues to be a byword for a graceful, gracious and distinctively French brand of sophistication.Born in 1860 in the Marne region of France, Lalique began his career as a jewelry designer in the last decades of the 19th century. His work employed now-classic Art Nouveau themes and motifs: flowing, organic lines; forms based on animals, insects and flowers — all rendered in luxurious materials such as ivory, enamel, gold and semi-precious stones. By 1905, Lalique had begun creating works in glass, and his style began to shift to a cleaner, sharper, smoother, more modern approach suited to his new medium. His Paris shop’s proximity to perfumer François Coty’s led him to experiment with beautiful perfume bottles. He offered the first customized scent bottles, transforming the perfume industry. By the end of the First World War, the artist had fully embraced Art Deco modernity, devoting himself to new industrial techniques of glass production and designs that manifest the sweeping lines and the forms suggestive of speed and movement characteristic of the style. Lalique’s work looked both backward and forward in time: embracing ancient mythological themes even as it celebrated modern progress.Late in his career, Lalique took on high profile luxury interior design projects in Paris, Tokyo and elsewhere. He designed decorative fixtures and lighting for the interior of the luxury liner Normandie in 1935, and decorated the salons of well-known fashion designer Madeleine Vionnet. Today, Lalique’s influence is as relevant as it was when he opened his first jewelry shop in 1890. In a modern or even a traditional décor, as you will see from the objects offered on these pages, the work of René Lalique provides the stamp of savoir-faire.
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