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Georges Braque

Térée

From an Important European Collection

Georges Braque

Georges Braque

Térée

Térée

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From an Important European Collection

Georges Braque

1882 - 1963

Térée


1964, stamped G. Braque, Heger de Lowenfeld, H.C., stamped N°56, Mars 64 Autorisé par G Braque ©, with

maker’s mark French assay mark for 18k gold

limited edition textured 18k gold bird clip brooch with rubies and emeralds

2⅝ by 2⅛ in.; 6.5 by 5.3 cm

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From an Important European Collection

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

Metamorphoses: The Braque Jewels, Geneva, Thursday, 21 November 1991, Christie's, Geneva, 1991, p. 35 for similar example

Diane Venet, From Picasso to Jeff Koons: The Artist as Jeweler, Skira, Milan, 2011, p.32 for similar example

The Térée brooch by Georges Braque is lovingly textured and studded with tiny rubies and emeralds like feathers spread across the body. Tereus, the son of the god of war Ares in Greek mythology, has a violent story full of anger and retribution. In the end, he is changed by the gods into a bird. Perhaps Braque’s rubies are placed like drops of blood; perhaps he immortalized the king in bird form to prevent him from doing further damage. In the increasingly

modern 1960s, Braque’s use of gold and simple, minimalist bird forms was truly avant-garde. His practice of mixing sand into his paintings and his aversion to shiny gold led his goldsmith de Loewenfeld to invent the gritty, dull finish that can be seen here which so beautifully contrasts with the gems.