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Gem set and diamond brooch/pendant, Zorra, circa 1900
The carved chalcedony portrait of a female, framed by her hair and foliate motifs in gold, highlighted with grape-like bunches of circular-cut diamonds, suspending three soufflure de perle clusters, signed Zorra, French assay mark, brooch fitting detachable.
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Bibliographie

Cf: Vivienne Becker, Art Nouveau Jewelry, 1985, London, pages 90 and 230 and plates 134 and 148 for images and information on Zorra.

Cf: The Belle Epoque of French Jewellery 1850-1910, 1990, London, page 206 for related works.

Description

Inspired by 19th century literary traditions, the 'flower girl' motif was given life in jewellery by Art Nouveau jewellers such as Lalique, Vever, Aucoc, Beaudouin, Solié and Zorra. Ivory, chalcedony, shell and coral were carved for the central portrait. A small collection of Louis Zorra's works is owned by the Museum für Kunst und Gerwerbe in Hamburg, most likely purchased from Paris Salons at the turn of the century. Likely of Italian origin, Zorra worked in Paris and was registered by the assay office in 1901, his address given as 30 rue Volta.

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