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Moonstone and sapphire demi-parure, Louis Comfort Tiffany, circa 1910-20
Estimate
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LOT SOLD. 40,000 GBP
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287
Moonstone and sapphire demi-parure, Louis Comfort Tiffany, circa 1910-20
Estimate
15,00020,000
LOT SOLD. 40,000 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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Moonstone and sapphire demi-parure, Louis Comfort Tiffany, circa 1910-20
Comprising; a pendant necklace and a pair of earrings; the oval pendant set with cabochon moonstones and circular-cut sapphires, within a scrolled wirework surround, to a similar neckchain, length approximately 460mm, signed Tiffany & Co.; the earrings of matching design, post and butterfly fittings.
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Literature

Cf.: C.Phillips, Bejewelled by Tiffany 1837-1987, London, 2006, pg. 246, for a necklace of similar design.

Catalogue Note

Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848–1933) was the first Design Director at his family company, Tiffany & Co, founded by his father Charles Lewis Tiffany. He is the American artist most associated with the Art Nouveau and Aesthetic movements and affiliated with a prestigious collaborative of designers known as the Associated Artists, which included Lockwood de Forest, Candace Wheeler, and Samuel Colman. The Tiffany oeuvre was to include stained glass windows, lamps, glass mosaics, blown glass, ceramics, jewellery, enamels, and metalwork.

Louis' exposure to the highly skilled and experienced craftsmen at Tiffany & Co, alongside with his artistic side and captivation for nature, marked the beginning of a series of jewels influenced by the European Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts movements focusing on beauty rather than intrinsic value favouring stones such as opals, moonstones and turquoise.

The Yogo Gulch sapphires from Montana were frequently used after its introduction in the late 19th century. Numerous variations of moonstone and Yogo Gulch sapphires set in platinum were produced in Tiffany’s designs.

This necklace signed Tiffany & Co, is believe to be produced post-1907, as Louis’s early pieces does not bear a signature. In 1907 Louis’s moved his ‘Tiffany Art Jewellery’ operation in its entirety to his late father’s firm Tiffany & Co, where all markings on pieces were consistent. It is likely that Louis collaborated with his designer Meta Overbeck on this necklace, as the icy colour combinations being one of her favourites.

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