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Louis Comfort Tiffany for Tiffany & Co. Black Opal and Enamel Necklace and Bracelet Set

$175,000

Louis Comfort Tiffany played with the unusual light and color effects of black opals, green garnets, and sapphires to create an impressionistic artwork in this visually intriguing Tiffany & Co. necklace and bracelet set. The opals, with their painterly brushstrokes, are set among cool sapphires and fiery green garnets, providing glowing pools of color. Multi-hued basse-taille enamels, applied with an artistic hand, unify with the gems to enhance the delicate grapevine motif, one of the artist’s eternal favorites. The form of the ripe enamel grapes is echoed in the hand-crafted, ultralight gold beads and conforming clasp that complete the composition. The paired bracelet, highly unusual in Louis Comfort Tiffany’s work, completes this extraordinary set. Sold exclusively as a matching set.

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Artist: Louis Comfort Tiffany for Tiffany & Co. 
Circa: 1910-1915
Size: 25” length (necklace); 2” length, 1.625" width (pendant); 7.5" length, 0.5" width (bracelet)
Materials: Oval black opal cabochon (weighing approximately 14.5 carats; 11.75mm x 23.70mm x 7.02mm); Shield-shaped opal cabochon (15.55mm x 10.25mm x 6.02mm); 8 Oval, round, and small shield opals; 8 Round- and oval-cut sapphires and orange sapphires (approximate total weight 1.35 carats); 27 Cushion- and circular-cut demantoid garnets; Polychrome basse-taille enamel; 18K Gold
Signed: “Tiffany & Co.”

For the role of head designer of his new Art Jewelry Department, established in secret in 1902, Louis Comfort Tiffany tapped Julia Munson, a trusted partner and expert in enamel work. Together, they created jewels in the same vibrantly-colored palettes that were the hallmark of his celebrated glassware.
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