Louis Comfort Tiffany | Gold, Opal Demantoid Garnet and Colored Stone 'Medusa' Pendant-Necklace 路易·康福特·蒂芙尼 黃金鑲蛋白石及翠榴石「Medusa」吊墜項鏈
Property from the Schocken Family Collection
Property from the Schocken Family Collection
Louis Comfort Tiffany | Gold, Opal, Demantoid Garnet and Colored Stone 'Medusa' Pendant-Necklace
Centering a cluster of tumbled opals, from which several stylized snake motifs emerge, the two side motifs articulated, the coiled tendrils further set with opals and round demantoid garnets, accented by colored gemstones including rubies and amethysts, length 15 inches, signed Louis C. Tiffany artist; circa 1904, numerous small gemstones deficient.
In fair condition, the mounting showings signs of age and wear including scratches, nicks and small dents, a few small cracks, evidence of repair and solder, and several gemstones missing with many of the settings filled in with aged adhesive; would benefit from repair and restoration by a skilled jeweler. Mounting tests as 18 karat gold. The opals with wear to the surfaces commensurate with age, most with play-of-color in predominant hues of green and blue, the central opal with flashes of red and orange. The demantoid garnets of vivid green hue, many with abrasions and chips commensurate with wear. According a November 1906 article in International Studio discussing the American showing at the Paris Fair, the gemstones used for the medusa include opals, opalines, sapphires, demantoids and rubies. This article is cited by Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen in her discussion of the piece in “The Early Artistic Jewelry of Louis C. Tiffany” Antiques Magazine (July 2002). Overall width of central element approximately 4¼ inches. Please note this piece dates to circa 1904, not circa 1900 as stated in the print catalogue, and that the chain my be a later addition.
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Created by Louis Comfort Tiffany between 1902 and 1904
Purchased by Henry Walters (1848-1931), probably in 1906
Given to his companion Mrs. Pembroke Jones (1859-1943), who in 1922 became Mrs. Henry Walters
Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, “Art Collection of the Late Mrs. Henry Walters”, Nov. 30-Dec 4, 1943, lot 586
Acquired by Salman Schocken (1877-1959), who had left Germany in 1935 for New York and Israel
Given to his daughter-in-law Devora Schocken, and by descent in the family
St. Louis World’s Fair (Louisiana Purchase Exposition), 1904, Tiffany & Co. display
Salon de la Société des Artistes Français, Paris, 1906