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Pendant

Artist:
René-Jules Lalique (French, Aÿ 1860–1945 Paris)
Date:
ca. 1901
Culture:
French, Paris
Medium:
Gold, enamel, opal, pearl, diamonds
Dimensions:
3 x 2-3/8 in. (7.6 x 6.0 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Gold and Platinum
Credit Line:
Gift of Clare Le Corbeiller, 1991
Accession Number:
1991.164
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 556
French Art Nouveau jeweler René Lalique was perhaps most innovative and subtle in his combinations of enameling and precious stones. This pendant is in the form of two confronted peacocks standing on the flat edge of a triangular cabochon opal, from the base of which a baroque pearl is suspended. The peacocks are formed with cloisonné enameling in light shades of blue and green with dark blue and white wing feathers. Tail feathers terminate in openwork stylized "eyes" of diamonds and blue enamel.
Signature: Stamped on bottom edge: LALIQUE
Clare Le Corbeiller (until 1991; to MMA)
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