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René Lalique Plique-à-Jour Enamel Dragonflies and Aquamarine Pendant Necklace


This exquisite gold pendant necklace by the Art Nouveau master, René Lalique, features two plique-à-jour enamel dragonflies, aquamarines, and diamonds. The pair of dragonflies with delicately-shaded plique-à-jour enamel and diamond wings flank a limpid pool, represented by an oval-cut aquamarine drop, and suspend a second pear-shaped aquamarine, all completed by a graceful enamel baton gold link chain. The fragile dragonflies’ subtle and glowing enamels, enhanced by the definite blue of the aquamarines, combine to create a graceful work of art for the neck, converting easily into a brooch as well.

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Item #: PT-19715
Artist: René Lalique, Paris
Country: France
Circa: 1901-1903
Size: 2" length, 2.25" width (pendant); 20" length (chain); 22" (total length with pendant)
Materials: 2 Pear- and oval-cut aquamarines (oval-cut weighing approximately 4.50 carats and pear-cut weighing approximately 3.80 carats); 4 Old mine- and rose-cut diamonds (approximate total weight 0.28 carat); Plique-à-jour enamel; 18K Gold
Signed: "Lalique"
Literature: Select group of similar designs dating from this period featured in René Lalique: Schmuck und Objects-d'Art 1890-1910, Monographie und Werkkatalog, by Sigrid Barten, pp. 343-344 
Exhibition History: Similar work with four dragonflies was exhibited at the Musée du Luxembourg, Paris, 2007, cat. 288

René Lalique’s jewels from this period show a greater compositional concern for symmetry, while maintaining exquisite enamel work and conveying an astonishing sense of the beauty and fragility of nature.