Art Nouveau 18kt Gold, Plique-a-Jour Enamel, and Enamel Pendant/Brooch, Lucien Gautrait
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Art Nouveau 18kt Gold, Plique-a-Jour Enamel, and Enamel Pendant/Brooch, Lucien Gautrait, France, c. 1900, depicting a nymph in profile, highlighted with plique-a-jour enamel, emerald cabochons, and old mine-cut diamonds, with detachable pearl drop and brooch fitting, lg. 2 1/4 in., maker's mark and guarantee stamps.
Note: Property of R.W. Wise, Lenox, Massachusetts. R.W. Wise, goldsmiths, created many of the lots offered here. They were known for the exquisite quality of their craftsmanship, which can be seen in Lot 52, the mokume-gane ring, and for offering their clients gemstones of the highest quality, as in Lot 31, made with lapis framed by D color, VVS clarity, ideal cut diamonds. The gems were sourced by well-known connoisseur Richard W. Wise, G.G., author of the critically acclaimed book, Secrets Of The Gem Trade, The Connoisseur's Guide To Precious Gemstones. His second book, The French Blue, a historical fiction novel, offers readers a captivating account of 17th century gem merchant Jean-Baptiste Tavernier's journeys to Persia and India. Wise also offered their clients unique antique and period jewelry, and jewelry by contemporary masters Alex Sepkus, David Zoltan, and Zobel. Skinner is pleased to offer their jewelry here, and online in sale 3105T.
Later 14kt gold chain. Small fractures to enamel by face. Replaced pinstem. signed L. Gautrait, partial mark on clasp. Possibly later pearl.
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