Lot 12
  • 12

18 Karat Gold, Moonstone, Freshwater Pearl and Enamel Necklace, René Lalique

30,000 - 50,000 USD
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  • René Lalique
  • gold, moonstone, enamel, pearl
The openwork plaques in the form of stylized floral vines, applied with green and bluish-gray enamel, centering a moonstone cabochon and supporting a freshwater pearl drop, length 15¾ inches, with maker's mark; early 20th century.


In good condition. The metal displays some scratching commensurate with age and wear. The darker green enamel shows some wear at its edges, being lightly chipped away over time. The blue-gray plique-à-jour enamel is intact and translucent when a light is shined upon it. The moonstone is intact and semi-transparent with strong blue adularescence and is moderately included with multiple surface reaching inclusions. The pearl is baroque with a creamy yellow body color and strong pink overtones with softer blue and green overtones as well, demonstrating an uneven skin and a small area with loss of nacre on the reverse of the pearl, not visible when worn.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby’s is merely a subjective qualified opinion. Illustrations in the catalogue may not be actual size. Prospective purchasers are reminded that, unless the catalogue description specifically states that a stone is natural, we have assumed that some form of treatment may have been used and that such treatment may not be permanent. Our presale estimates reflect this assumption.Certificates of Authenticity: Various manufacturers may not issue certificates of authenticity upon request. Sotheby’s is not under an obligation to furnish the purchaser with a certificate of authenticity from the manufacturer at any time. Unless the requirements for a rescission of the sale under the Terms of Guarantee are satisfied, the failure of a manufacturer to issue a certificate will not constitute grounds to rescind the sale. Gemological Certificates and Reports: References in the catalogue descriptions to certificates or reports issued by gemological laboratories are provided only for the information of bidders, and Sotheby’s does not guarantee and accepts no responsibility for the accuracy, terms or information contained in such certificates or reports. Please also note that laboratories may differ in their assessment of a gemstone (including its origin and presence, type and extent of treatments) and their certificates or reports may contain different results.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD “AS IS” IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

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