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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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Item #: BO-16930
Artist: Louis Zorra
Country: France / Italy
Circa: 1900
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

It’s rare to come by the work by Louis Zorra, an artist believed to have arrived in Paris from Asti in the north of Italy. He exhibited a number of times at the salons of the Société des Artistes Français, and his jewels have a distinctive bold color sense and confident flair.