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Diamond, ruby and turquoise brooch, 'Aegle', Braque for Heger de Löwenfeld, 1960s
Designed as a bird in flight, set with circular-cut diamonds with a similarly cut ruby eye, on a polished turquoise, signed Braque for Heger de Löwenfeld, numbered, French assay mark for gold and maker's mark.
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Georges Braque (1882-1963) contributed to the ‘wearable art’ concept in the post-World War II years. The traditional concept of jewellery expressing wealth, embellishing a piece of clothing or reflecting the wearer’s personality had less importance, replaced by a desire to express innovative sculptural forms.

Being one of the most influential 20th century French painters, Braque turned his attention to jewellery at the age of 79. Metamorphoses is the collection where his two-dimensional sketches of ancient Greek and mythology were turned into jewellery items by the entrusted and experienced jeweller Heger de Löwenfeld between 1961 and 1963.

Over a hundred items were produced and exhibited at the Musée du Louvre from March to May 1963, only three months before Braque passed away. The works inspired by myths and themes, each bearing a symbolic name of a classical god.

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