Sunday, 27 March 2011

Louis Comfort TIFFANY: the evolution of his style

These three necklaces were made by Louis Comfort Tiffany around 1915. I find it more interesting to look at them together rather than one by one. Louis C. Tiffany, grandson of the founder, was the first American grand master jeweller. He went beyond exquisite stone selection and craftsmanship, he was more interested in the artistic side of his creations. He took his inspiration in the European Impressionist and Art Nouveau movements and was obsessed by "light and colour", hence his worldwide famous lamps.

As a true artist, he was continuously evolving and experimenting and that is clearly appreciated in the sequence of these three necklaces. The first one, is one his classics: a moonstone and american sapphire pendant set in platinum. The second one is a yellow gold and platinum (rarely mixed) set with Lapis Lazuli beads of different shapes. And the third one is a yellow gold and coloured crystal of naturalistic inspiration.

The three pieces will be auctioned by Christie's NY on April 12th.

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