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Chanel very long and elegant gilt and pearl sautoir, by Maison Goossens, 1950s


An iconic and very collectable (and very long) pearl, gilt and paste rondelle chain necklace, handmade by atelier Goossens, with all the composite pieces. This necklace can be wrapped round several times or else worn at its full length. This necklace is unsigned. Robert Goossens was a great artist, and one of the last great masters of the golden age of costume jewellery. He is most well known for his magical collaboration with Coco Chanel, commencing in the mid 1950s and continuing through to her death. Together, they created ’Byzantine’ jewels, celebrated for its crosses, and cruxiform brooches. Chanel gave him a freedom of expression , he was able to realise and affirm her wonderful vision - he felt that this collaboration with Chanel was the highest point and recounted many tales of it throughout his later life. He also had a celebrated collaboration with Yves Saint Laurent, creating many of the most fabulous and iconic piece for the couture house. At the beginning, he made the pieces by hand himself, expanding to seven artisans, then with 48 employees in the 1980s and 90s. The atelier continues today, run by his son and daughter.


  • Metal
    Gilt Metal
  • Condition
    Excellent. The 'length' measurement is taken from end to end of the necklace, when it is undone and laid out in a long row..
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions

    W .65 in. x D .65 in. x L 68 in.

    W 1.66 cm x D 1.66 cm x L 172.72 cm

  • Length
    68 in. (172.72 cm)
  • Weight
    138 g
  • Seller location
    London, GB
  • Seller reference number
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