Sunday, 19 June 2011

A LALIQUE bouquet brooch

This piece represents very well the delicacy of the work by Rene Lalique. It is also a great example to understand the major breakthrough of the Art Nouveau; one just need to try to imagine what a brooch like this must have surprised everyone in the beginning of the Twentieth Century compared to the heavy pieces that had been worn for centuries and even to the Belle Epoque diamond jewellery. The brooch is the opposite to everything that had been made before; a total absence of gemstones, the return to colour and the use of translucent enamel and crystal to create an almost ethereal flower bouquet.

It will be auctioned by Sotheby's in London on july 13th.