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Georges Braque

Tithonos

From an Important European Collection

Georges Braque

Georges Braque

Tithonos

Tithonos

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From an Important European Collection

Georges Braque

1882 - 1963

Tithonos


1962, signed Bijoux de Braque, Heger de Lowenfeld

dove brooch in silver and green enamel with eyes set with rubies, Artcurial edition 1/75

1½ by 2¾ in.; 3.9 by 6.9 cm.

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Pierre Bergé & Associates, Paris: Bijoux - Collection P.M., June 12, 2018 [lot 345]

Acquired from the above by the present owner

Metamorphoses: The Braque Jewels, Geneva, November 21, 1991, Christie's, Geneva, 1991, p. 30 for version in gold

Georges Braque: ‘Les Métamorphoses,’ Millon & Associés, Paris, 2006, pp. 38-39 for version in gold

Artist Georges Braque’s sand-finish Tithonos brooch, part of his Bijoux de Braque collection with Baron Heger de Loewenfeld. Tithonus’ mythology is the story of a youth kidnapped by Eos, goddess of the dawn, for his beauty and love. She pleads for Zeus to grant him immortality but forgets to ask for his beauty to be maintained and he is turned into an old, shriveled man. The eternally spread wings of this bird in flight may be a poetic call for unchanging immortality -- but no bird can fly forever, and as Braque’s own aged hands became unable to bring his ideas to life, he was forced to land on the ground and depend on de Loewenfeld for these creations.