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PROPERTY OF A LADY

Diamond, colored stone and enamel choker-necklace, Emile Froment-Meurice, circa 1900
Estimate
100,000150,000
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409

PROPERTY OF A LADY

Diamond, colored stone and enamel choker-necklace, Emile Froment-Meurice, circa 1900
Estimate
100,000150,000
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Details & Cataloguing

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Diamond, colored stone and enamel choker-necklace, Emile Froment-Meurice, circa 1900
The articulated openwork choker designed as meandering sprays of cherry blossoms realistically enameled in shades of pink and white, further enhanced with old European-cut diamonds, and round and cushion-shaped emeralds, rubies and sapphires, the borders continuously set with rose-cut diamonds, mounted in gold and silver, length approximately 12½ inches.  
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Literature

Katherine Purcell, Henri Vever: French Jewelry of the Nineteenth Century, p. 960, col. pl. 104 and p. 1077.

Catalogue Note

Although unsigned, this choker is attributed to Emile Froment-Meurice by Henri Vever and is illustrated in La Bijouterie Francaise au XIXe Siècle, Volume III, p. 585. According to the author, it was shown at the Paris Exhibition of 1900. 

Emile Froment-Meurice (1837-1913) was the son of the jeweler Francois-Désiré Froment-Meurice. After a long apprenticeship as a goldsmith with the family firm, he began to extend the company's influence by collaborating in the design of exculsive pieces for the Parisian elite. Influenced by the French Renaissance, Emile employed a highly talented team of architects, sculptors and modellers to assist him in his endeavors. Remembered chiefly as a goldsmith rather than jeweler, Emile Froment-Meurice won a number of awards including a gold medal at the Paris World Exhibition in 1867 and the cross of the Legion of Honor in 1869. In 1900, he participated in the Paris World Exhibition and exhibited jewels in the current style as well as goldsmith's work, earning him the Grand Prix. 

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