“Pendantif Guepes” : Signed R. Lalique Art Nouveau Wasp Pendant
René Lalique has long been recognized as one of the foremost designers of jewelry and glass work which spanning the eras of Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau and Art Deco. Whether creating a stunning vase, simple paperweight or item of jewelry, this genius elevated glass as an art material to be placed in a showcase alongside precious gemstones and rare metals. His first artistic venture led him to the the incorporation of glass in jewelry which he sold to the famous jewelry houses of Boucheron and Cartier.
Much of his jewelry involved organic and botanical forms and patterns. Here is an example of his early 20th century work of a “simple” moulded glass pendant. Oval in form, the pendant is a superb teal green color. His process allows for transparency of the glass - allowing light to filter through, creating an almost three-dimensional image of the botanicals and wasps depicted. Even the holes for the silken cord are expressed through a subtle sensuous configuration. Engraved verso is the signature “R. Lalique, France”. This piece is referenced in Félix Marcilhac "Catalogue Raisonné de René Lalique" Paris, 1989, p. 578, no. 1650. Accompanying the pendant is a knotted silk cord with tassel.
Measurements: Glass is 2 -3/16 inches (5.5 cm) in length by 1-7/8 inches (4.7 cm) in width by 7/16 of an inch (1.2 cm) in depth. Tassel is 2-7/8 inches (7.3 cm); cord is 10-7/8 inches (27.4 cm) on each side. Weight of 49.4 grams (31.8 dwt) including cord.
Hallmarks: Signed, R. Lalique, France.
Condition: Excellent. Cord is old although possibly not original.
Date & Origin: Circa 1920 and is French in origin.
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