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Louis Comfort Tiffany for Tiffany & Co. Golden Topaz and Emerald Necklace


Dating from 1910-1915, this unusual and alluring necklace belongs to a group of jewels exploring one of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s favorite motifs, the fruiting grapevine, in a blue-green and gold palette. The pendant, with its substantial golden topaz and emeralds nestling among polychrome basse-taille enamel leaves, hangs from a glamorous cascade of gem-set links and delicate hand-wrought chain. Gorgeous, generously long, and gemmy, it slips easily over the head, a casually-wearable masterpiece.

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Item #: N-19837
Artist: Louis Comfort Tiffany for Tiffany & Co.
Circa: 1910-1915
Country: United States
Size: 25” length (necklace); 2.875” length, 1.25" width (pendant)
Materials: Oval-shape mixed-cut golden topaz (measuring approximately 24.50mm x 13.00mm x 8.90mm, weighing approximately 22.35g); 9 Oval-, briolette-, and mixed-cut golden topaz (approximate total weight 11.50 carats); 30 Shield- and step-cut emeralds (approximate total weight 8.85 carats); Basse-taille enamel; 18K Gold
Signed: “Tiffany & Co.”
Literature: Similar chain link motif pictured in The Jewelry and Enamels of Louis Comfort Tiffany, by Janet Zapata, Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers, 1993, p. 111
Provenance: Property from the Estate of Linda Zoe Jenkins, Roseville, Minnesota

Image Credit: Image courtesy of Hindman Auctions

A select group of grapevine jewels emerged from Louis Comfort Tiffany’s collaborations with Julia Munson, artist, enamelist, and designer, who was his early partner in the Art Jewelry department. The group includes an important necklace in purple sapphire, formerly in the collection of Hélène Arpels, and currently on view in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 150th Anniversary exhibition, “THE MET 150."