An Important Rene Lalique Dragonfly Pendant
An important Rene Lalique dragonfly pendant, the pendant set to the centre with a cushion-shaped aquamarine, within an open framework of four opposing dragonflies decorated with plique-a-jour enamel wings, embellished with circular- and rose-cut diamonds, to a green enamel baton link chain, measuring approximately 520mm in length, signed Lalique, with original fitted case by R.Lalique, 40.Cours, La Reine, Paris, circa 1905, gross weight 18.5 grams.
An extraordinary necklace. Rene Lalique (1860-1945) was a pioneer of the Art Nouveau style. The Art Nouveau style began at the turn of the century as a reaction against 19th century historicism and eclecticism. Art Nouveau rejected the forms and motifs popularized in Victorian art and jewellery and embraced natural forms. Lalique was described as the inventor of modern jewellery by Emile Galle: his booth at the Exposition Universalle of 1900 was extremely well received and he won praise for his innovative and masterful designs. This spectacular piece is a masterpiece of both Lalique and of Art Nouveau: it blurs the lines between fine art and applied art. This necklace features four naturalistic dragonflies, each decorated with Lalique’s signature enamel. In the centre is a beautiful pale blue aquamarine. The chain itself features delicate enamelled links. The craftsmanship is exquisite, and no detail has been spared. This is a remarkable and special piece: two similar dragonfly pieces are in the collection of the Museu Calouste Gulbenkian in Lisbon.
Should you choose to make this purchase we would be delighted to send it to you in a Bentley & Skinner handmade leather case packed in a giftwrapped Bentley & Skinner black and gold presentation box. Shortly afterwards we will send you on a complimentary valuation of this item for insurance purposes for your reference and safekeeping.