12-08-2009 12-08-2009
Skinner Auctions
Skinner Auctions Boston MA
2487 Boston
December 8, 2009 10:00AMCalender

Etruscan Revival 18kt Gold and Enamel Brooch, Eugene Fontenay

Auction: Fine Jewelry - 2487 Location: Boston Date / Time: December 08, 2009 10:00AM


Etruscan Revival 18kt Gold and Enamel Brooch, Eugene Fontenay, c. 1860s, centering a matte enamel depiction of Psyche, within shaped surround highlighted by bead and wirework, suspending a tapering fringe, lg. 2 3/8 in., French guarantee stamps and maker's mark, (small repairs).

Note: The enamel is typical of the work of Eugene Richet (see lot 490). For similar examples of Richet's enamel work in Fontenay's brooches depicting figures from Greek mythology, see The Master Jewellers, A. Kenneth Snowman, ed., p. 35, and Bijouterie Francaise au XIX.e Siecle, by Henri Viver, Second Empire, vol. II, plate 12.
Estimate $2,500-3,500

Fontenay Psyche
Small repairs are very minimal, mainly to secure fringe, small pin lost on reverse that connects the two parts of the frame
without further evident issues


Eugene Fontenay, Eugene Richet, A. Kenneth Snowman, Henri Viver