Louis Zorra Plique-à-Jour Enamel Brooch
This Art Nouveau brooch by Louis Zorra, in vibrant green and pearlescent plique-à-jour enamel, expresses the beauty and vitality of nature. Highlighted by two robust freshwater pearls and a diamond dew drop, the gold flowing branches bear abundant amethyst grapes that over-spill the frame. This artistic jewel with bold color and strong, unified design transforms into a pendant as well, and looks beautiful on a chain or velvet ribbon, as a miniature visual expression of the Art Nouveau spirit.
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- Curator's Notes
Artist: Louis Zorra
Country: France and Italy
Size: 1.75” length, 1.50” width
Materials: Old mine-cut diamond (approximate weight 0.65 carat); 2 Freshwater pearls; 21 Round bezel-set amethysts (approximate total weight 1.10 carats); Plique-à-jour enamel; 18K Gold
Signed: "Emily C. Minor, V.B.K. From C.W.W"
Literature: Similar work by Louis Zorra is pictured in Imperishable Beauty: Art Nouveau Jewelry, by Yvonne J. Markowitz and Elyse Zorn Karlin, MFA Publications Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 2008, p. 8 and p. 68
Provenance: Emily C. Minor (1856-1931) was the daughter of a 19th century governor of Connecticut, and was herself an emancipated world traveler