martes, 5 de julio de 2011

René Lalique

René Lalique “This pectoral is one of the paradigms of René Lalique’s jewellery production, not only for the mastery of its execution, as for the theme chosen. Reptiles were a source of inspiration to which Lalique returned throughout his life not only for jewellery, but also for his glass, bronzes, etc. The pectoral is made up of nine serpents entwined to form a knot from which the bodies of the other eight fall in a cascade, the ninth rising in the centre, at the top of the jewel. The reptiles, in the attack position, have their mouths open from which strings of pearls were hung as was apparently the case with a similar pectoral (the whereabouts of which are unknown), which was highlighted at the Paris Universal Exhibition in 1900 and reproduced in a publication of the period. The present piece is thus probably the only one in existence. Calouste Gulbenkian acquired it directly from the artist in 1908. ”“Lalique designed one of his most famous and incredible necklace for the Parisian exposition.  Handcrafted in gold with nine nude female figurines standing on amethyst stones with black swans on each side of her feet, in between the figures are round opals all suspended from an ornately curved enameled neck ring.”“Rene Lalique became one of France’s leading jewelers in the art nouveau style. He designed very ornate jewelry and headdresses for the actress Sarah Bernhardt.  She wore his jewelry on stage as costumes and off stage as her own personal collection.”René Lalique’s Dragonfly woman corsage ornament (1897–1898).Gold, enamel, chrysoprase, moonstones, and diamonds. René Lalique (1860-1945)France, c.1898-1900 Gold, enamel, opals, diamonds “Of all the animals reproduced in the work of Lalique, the peacock is perhaps regarded as the most emblematic of the spirit of Art Nouveau, and it is a recurring theme in the artist’s work, whether isolated as here or in pairs in other jewels. The theme is again very representative of Symbolist painting, as a symbol par excellence of natural beauty in all its splendour. This pectoral is made up of an enormous, articulated peacock in enamelled gold in tones of blue and green simulating the feathers of the bird which have small cabochon-oval opals set here and there. Sinuous movement of the feathers in the tail, turned to the left, is enriched by a balanced composition of diamonds, of various sizes, that finish off the piece on both sides.”

1 comentario:

Orko dijo...

Awesome! I am always surprised about the things you show us in your blog. I wish I had some beautiful objects like these.