An ivory, turquoise, onyx and diamond brooch, by Georges Fouquet, 1922-1923

We selected this brooch for its rare and unusual design that captures the transition between Art Nouveau and Art Deco.

It is rare to find jewels of this type as most jewellers working in the Art Nouveau style either stopped working altogether when it went out of fashion or switched to the ‘modern’ design of Art Deco.

The triangular ivory surmount foreshadows the geometricism of Art Deco but its rounded corners are still indebted to the fluid lines of Art Nouveau and the choice of turquoise matrix veined with black is very much in the Arts and Crafts style of the turn of the 20th century.

An unusual and very collectable brooch that is also easy to wear.

Literature: Les Fouquet, Bijoutiers & Joailliers à Paris 1860-1960, edited by Musée des Arts Décoratifs (published: Flammarion, 1983) see p98 for an image of the brooch

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Further details:
An ivory, turquoise, onyx and diamond brooch, 1922-1923

Designed as a triangular ivory plaque set with three cabochon turquoises, embellished with gold spheres and two square-shaped onyx accents, suspending a turquoise drop from an arched channel-set onyx section and singular circular-cut diamond, 1922-1923

Signed G. Fouquet

Numbered 18143

Dimensions: 8.5cm wide


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