Lot 221
  • 221

DESIGNED BY GEORGES BRAQUE (1882-1963) FOR HEGER DE LÖWENFELD

Estimate
3,000 - 5,000 GBP
Sold
31,250 GBP
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Description

  • 'Poseidon' Necklace
  • signed G Braque and Heger de Löwenfeld and numbered 016
  • diamond set
  • inner circumference: 390mm., 15¼in.
  • A drawing by the artist for the present lot is dated 23 September 1962.
Georges Braque (1882-1963) contributed to the ‘wearable art’ concept of jewels in the post-War period. The traditional notion of jewellery expressing wealth, status and reflecting fashion became less important and inspired artists and designers to express innovative sculptural forms. Braque turned his attention to jewellery at the age of 79. Metamorphoses was a collection where his two-dimensional sketches were turned into jewels and of which the present work forms a part. These jewels were produced by the highly regarded and experienced jeweller Baron Heger de Löwenfeld between 1961 and 1963. Over a hundred items designed by Braque were exhibited at the Musée du Louvre from March to May 1963, just before his death. The pieces were inspired by myths and themes of birds and fish, each bearing a symbolic name of a classical god such as the ’Poseidon’ necklace offered in this sale.

Literature

Cf.: Raphaël de Cuttoli, Baron Heger de Löwenfeld, Metamorphoses de Braque, France, 1989, pg. 109, for a related design sketch of the necklace dated 23 September 1962.
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