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Louis Zorra Plique-à-Jour Enamel and Freshwater Pearl Pendant Necklace


This delicate gold and plique-à-jour enamel Art Nouveau pendant necklace from Louis Zorra, with its vivid transparent enamels, unites nature, flowers and women—the three themes often explored in tandem by fin-de-siècle artists. On the pendant, Zorra employs the sinuous, organic line as the harmonizing design element, connecting the profile of a young woman with flowing hair to the swirling clouds and scrolling natural vines in her environment. A single freshwater pearl drop completes the piece, underscoring the interdependence of the natural world and the human race, enhancing this unique pendant necklace's universal and modern appeal.

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Item #: PT-14471
Artist: Louis Zorra, Paris
Country: France
Circa: 1900
Size: 2” length, 1.5” width (pendant); 17" length (chain); 19" total length (with pendant and chain)
Materials: Freshwater pearl (11.90mm x 11mm); Plique-à-jour enamel; 18K Gold
Signed: French control mark
Documentation: Pictured in The French Aesthetic, Art Nouveau, by Victor Arwas, Andreas Papadakis, p. 346

It’s rare to find work by Louis Zorra, who arrived in Paris from Asti in the north of Italy and exhibited at the salons of the Société des Artistes Français. His work has a bold color sense and confident flair.