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René Lalique | Enamel and Diamond Brooch 祖母綠配鑽石別針

Property of a Lady

René Lalique | Enamel and Diamond Brooch 祖母綠配鑽石別針

René Lalique | Enamel and Diamond Brooch 祖母綠配鑽石別針

Property of a Lady

René Lalique | Enamel and Diamond Brooch


Designed as a bird in flight, applied with blue enamel and accented by old mine- and rose-cut diamonds, the eyes highlighted by ruby cabochons, with French assay mark and maker's mark; circa 1890.

In fair to good condition, with areas of noticeable enamel loss commensurate with age and evidence of repair to the enamel. Mounted in silver-topped gold, French assay mark for 18 karat gold. The diamonds, estimated to weigh a total of approximately 3.00 carats are approximately I_L color, some with a slightly brownish tint, VS-I clarity. The rubies are medium slightly purplish red, slightly included. Dimensions approximately 4¼ x 1¾ inches. Fitted with a later-added safety chain.


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. (edited)

This exquisite brooch in the form of a swallow represents the technical skill and artistic vision of René Lalique. Born in 1860, the son of a Parisian merchant, René Lalique studied design in school and at the age of sixteen apprenticed to the jeweler Louis Aucoc. He then spent two years studying at Sydenham College and once back in Paris worked as a freelance designer for various jewelry firms such as Vever, Boucheron, Aucoc, Destape and Cartier, among others. Upon assuming the workshop of Jules Destape in 1885, Lalique continued his experiments with techniques and various materials to produce fresh designs inspired by his intimate relationship with nature. In French Jewels of the 19th Century, Vever records the following: “In 1887, he (Lalique) conceived a large gem-set parure depicting the flight of swallows, conveying perspective by the diminishing size of the birds.” The swallow brooch offered here demonstrates Lalique’s attention to detail and mastery of technique, with its subtle color gradations in the enamel and the naturalistic diagonal composition of the bird in flight.