Art Nouveau 18kt Gold, Opal, Diamond, and Enamel Pendant/Brooch, Lucien Gautrait
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Art Nouveau 18kt Gold, Opal, Diamond, and Enamel Pendant/Brooch, Lucien Gautrait, c. 1900, designed as a peacock with opal cabochon and plique-a-jour enamel plumage, highlighted by rose- and old European-cut diamonds and emeralds, suspending an opal and diamond drop, removable brooch fitting, lg. 2 3/4 in., French guarantee stamps, maker's mark.
Note: A nearly identical example is in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum. The museum purchased it at the Salon de la Societe des Artistes Francais in 1901.
Provenance: Purchased by the current owner from Dr. Viola Wertheim Bernard (1907-1998) in 1981. Dr. Bernard was the daughter of Jacob Wertheim, founder of the United Cigar Company. She became a prominent New York psychiatrist who won international recognition for her work in child psychiatry.
Some fractures to enamel, small area of loss on lower portion near wing tips. Some crazing to opal. Maker's mark for Leon Gariod.
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