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Sunday, 30 January 2011

LALIQUE: "La Princesse Lointaine" art nouveau pendant

Photo by Wartski

This is one of the most characteristic examples of Rene Lalique's Art Nouveau jewellery. It is a pendant featuring a naturalistic countryside scene with a medieval female figure with a greyhound. The delicate enamel piece is framed by a golden foliate design set with diamonds and with a pendant amethyst. The piece is known as La Princesse Lointaine after the character played by Lalique's muse Sarah Bernhardt in Edmond Rostand's 1895 play.

The  piece is for sale at Wartski, London.