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René Lalique Opal, Diamond and Enamel Hat Pin


Designed in the years 1895-1897, this floral and foliate hat pin composed of opal, diamonds and enamel was created by René Lalique, Paris. The pin is designed as an opal flower or bud with rose-cut diamond fringe among curling tendrils with en plein enamel shading from cornflower blue to sea green, mounted in 18K gold. Representative of the exquisitely-made and sensitive art of this select period in the artist's oeuvre, this rare work adds significantly to any collection of Lalique and/or Art Nouveau jewelry.


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Item #: A-20125
Artist: René Lalique, Paris
Country: France
Circa: 1895-1897
Size: 6.375’' length, 2’' width
Materials: Oval cabochon black opal (measuring approximately 22.0 x 11.5 x 3.0 mm); 14 rose-cut diamonds (approximate total weight 0.20 carat); Enamel; 18K Gold
Signed: "Lalique" with maker's mark and French import mark.
Literature: The design for the hat pin appears in the catalogue raisonné René Lalique 1890-1910, Schmuck und Objets d'art, 1890-1910, Sigrid Barten, page 474, illustration 1379.

In the mid-to-late 1890s, when this artwork was created, René Lalique fully dedicated his creative powers to enamel, labor intensive jewels that reflected his sensitivity to nature’s forms and colors. It was at the end of this profoundly creative and innovative period, culminating in groundbreaking contributions to the 1901 Paris Exposition, that Lalique's Parisian colleagues called him the greatest artist to have worked in jewelry.