René–Jules Lalique (French, 18601945)
Gold, enamel, opal, pearl, diamonds
Mark: LALIQUE (stamped on bottom edge)
Gift of Clare Le Corbeiller, 1991 (1991.164)
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.