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Extremely Rare 1963 Georges Braque Gold "Zetes et Calaïs" Necklace



Express Shipping insured during the Lockdown Exceptional 18K Gold Necklace by Georges Braque (1882-1963), inventor of cubism. The piece is signed "Bijoux de Braque" and numbered EA I/IV (EA is for artist proof, the piece directly comes from the Heger de Loewenfeld Collection). The Chain is 48cm long (18,9inch) The gouache of Zetes et Calaïs and "Merope" from "Bijoux de Braque" are reproduced on photo 5 and 6. This brooch is a masterpiece of the "Bijoux de Braque" because it represents one of the most important drawing of Georges Braque, Zetes et Calaïs, and because it is combined with another gouache, called Merope (photo 6), used as a chain for the Neckless. Zetes et Calaïs is an important drawing because it was used by Georges Braque in cover of his most important engraved book, "THEOGONIA" of Hésiode, which confirmed the attachment of the artist for Greek Mythology. The drawing of Zetes et Calaïs is also used as the actual logo of the Paris Philharmonic Orchestra (Photo 8) "Bijoux de Braque" is a project of the famous french painter Braque, who designed jewelry in the last three years of his life, from 1960 to 1963. All items of this collection are made after Braque major career works he has chosen to be transposed in jewels and precious sculptures with the help of a Stonecutter, Heger de Loewenfeld. The project ended up as an exhibition at the "palais du Louvre" in Paris from march to may 1963 (Photo 9) There are approximatively 100 gouaches, listed in the book "Les Metamorphoses de Braque" by Heger de Loewenfeld and Raphael de Cuttoli. All subjects are renamed after Greek Mythology characters.


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  • Weight
    62 g
  • Dimensions
    Width: 1.58 in. (40 mm)Length: 3.47 in. (88 mm)
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  • Date of Manufacture
    Circa 1970
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    Paris, FR
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    1stDibs: LU34123765073

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