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Antoine Bricteux Enamel, Opal, and Diamond Pendant Necklace


This gold, enamel, and diamond flower pendant necklace was created around 1900 by Parisian Art Nouveau jeweler, Antoine Bricteux. Designed as a polychrome trumpet flower in rose, green and cream enamel, the pendant is a cascade of petals, leaves and sinuous vines, highlighted by old European-cut diamonds, and suspended from an associated fancy link period chain. Contributing to its unusual beauty is the precious white opal backing, which provides a glimmering, iridescent backdrop to the enamel leaves and chased vines. A combination of botanical beauty, period stylization and glowing enamel, whose naturalistic palette enhances the skin, this flower jewel is a work of wearable art.

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Item #: PT-19435
Artist: Antoine Bricteux
Country: France
Circa: 1900
Size: 3" length, 1.625" width (pendant); 23" length (necklace); 26" length (total length with chain and pendant)
Materials: 4 Old European-cut diamonds (approximate total weight 0.40 carats); White precious opal; Enamel; 18K Gold; Associated 18K gold chain
Signed: "AB"
Literature: Plates 105 and 141 in Art Nouveau Jewelry, by Vivian Becker, London: Thames & Hudson, 1985, display the breadth and finesse of Antoine Bricteux’s work

Antoine Bricteux is known to have collaborated with Landois, a young designer who, like René Lalique, had worked for the master Louis Aucoc, and had won prizes in Parisian competitions around 1900.