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René Foy Plique-à-Jour Enamel and Carved Coral Brooch


This Art Nouveau brooch, composed of gold, carved white coral, freshwater pearl, and plique-à-jour enamel, dates from 1900, and is the work of the Parisian jeweler, René Foy. The figural form depicts a woman, whose face is carved in white coral, framed among chased and engraved tresses of interlacing hair over a green plique-à-jour enamel ground, suspending a tear drop-shaped freshwater pearl. Beloved for his highly inventive, Symbolist jewels, Foy’s masterful depiction of this meditative woman, in a sleeping or trance-like state, is an artistic affirmation of spirituality, imagination and dreams.

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Item #: BO-12202
Artist: René Foy
Country: France
Circa: 1900
Size: 1.5’' length, 1.25" width
Materials: Carved white coral; Freshwater pearl; 18K Gold
Signed: “René Foy”
Exhibition History: Shown in the Poster House exhibition "Alphonse Mucha: Art Nouveau/Nouvelle Femme," in New York from June 20, 2019 to October 6, 2019
Literature: Brooch pictured in Paris Salons Jewellery A-K, by Alistar Duncan, Antique Collectors Club, 1994, p. 264

With its skillfully chased gold, glowing green enamel, and peaceful aura, this Symbolist figural jewel of a woman is unusual for the period, and has a soothing beauty and light touch that speak compellingly for the optimistic qualities of dreams and their possibilities.