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Georges Braque

Phaeton

From an Important European Collection

Georges Braque

Georges Braque

Phaeton

Phaeton

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From an Important European Collection

Georges Braque

1882 - 1963

Phaeton


1964, stamped and signed N°54, PHAETON, Heger de Lowenfeld, Mars 64 Autorisé par G Braque © with maker’s mark and French assay mark for 18k gold

18k yellow gold brooch depicting the chargers of Helios carrying off the luckless one on a mad journey he cannot control

3¾ by 2⅜ in.; 9.6 by 6 cm.

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From an Important European Collection

Bijoux de Braque, réalisés par Henri Michel Heger de Löwenfeld, Musée de Nice, 1969

Nice, Galerie des Ponchettes, Bijoux de Braque, 1969

Artist Georges Braque was highly inspired by Greek mythology. This Phaeton brooch — one of his signature jeweled bird-forms — refers to the story of the chargers of Helios carrying the boy Phaëthon away on a mad journey he cannot control. Phaëthon, known sometimes as Jupiter, was the son of Helios the sun god and his tale is one of misplaced pride and arrogance. But there is none of that in this jewel, which in its subtle texturing is a simple and elegant example of the works of Braque.