Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Alexis FALIZE: nineteen century gold and enamel necklace

This necklace is a very rare find, it was made by Alexis Falize in the XIX Century. It will be auctioned by Christie's in London on April 20th. It displays five enamelled gold medallions of different naturalistic motifs.

Alexis Falize started his career working for the Mellerio brothers in Paris in 1933. He had a great talent for drawing and engraving and soon set himself up on his own with his two brothers. His designs in the Second Empire style became sought after almost immediately. He supplied the grander firms of his time and never went on his own to an exhibition, that is why his signed pieces are so rare to be found. He excelled at design and paid very little attention to valuable stones, for him the merit of a piece was its intrinsic artistic value. He was succeeded by his son Lucien who introduced new techniques like cloisone enamel and the chinese inspiration of some of the later Falize works.

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