Braque turned his attention to jewellery at the age of 79. Metamorphoses was a collection where his two-dimensional sketches were turned into jewels and of which the present work forms a part. These jewels were produced by the highly regarded and experienced jeweller Baron Heger de Löwenfeld between 1961 and 1963.
Over a hundred items designed by Braque were exhibited at the Musée du Louvre from March to May 1963, just before his death. The pieces were inspired by myths and themes of birds and fish, each bearing a symbolic name of a classical god such as the ’Poseidon’ necklace offered in this sale.
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