Thursday, 28 April 2011

A Rene LALIQUE ivory and enamel pendant

This is an extremely delicate pendant by Rene Lalique that will be auctioned by Sotheby's Geneva on May 17th. The central piece is a carved ivory female figure surrounded by an enamel frame with naturalistic floral motifs. The pendant is dated in 1906 and it seems a transition or early Art Nouveau piece. It is decorated with small diamonds and a pearl, the only concessions that Lalique made to the use of gemstones. He always focused on the artistic part of his work instead of the use of expensive gems which he considered diminished the importance of the artist.