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Friday, 8 April 2011

WIESE: A cameo pendant

Jules Wiese, born in Berlin in 1818, moved to Paris in 1839 and began collaborating with Francois-Desire Froment-Meurice. In 1844 he opened his own workshop at 7 rue Jean Pain Mollet but still produced exclusively for Froment-Meurice. It was not until 1858 that Jules Weise registered his own mark and started an independent workshop, the business finally settling in 90 rue de Richelieu in 1864. Having won many medals at the World Exhibitions for his work in the medieval sculptured style, the precursor to Art Nouveau, Jules dies in 1890. In the same year, his son Louis, born in 1852, registered a new company mark. His jewels remained faithful to his father’s style, although updating some of the models, until his death in 1923. The majority of surviving jewels bear the name of Louis Wiese. (Abstract from Symbolic & Chase).

This pendant is a very fine example of his Renaissance Revival style and displays a carnelian intaglio of a Roman emperor in the centre. The use of enamel is typical from the period, on the second half of the XIX century the same way as Giuliano did. It will be auctioned by Sotheby's in NY on April 14th.

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