An outstanding example from the female artist, Jeanne Soubourou, this Limoges enamel moth pendant was certainly ahead of its time.
She lived from 1879-1968 and exhibited her work in Paris in 1925 at the International Exhibition of Decorative Arts. Studying under the painter Bichet and at the famed ENAD or École Nationale D'arts Décoratifs in 1904, generally she worked producing small vibrant, enamel paintings.
A sublime colorist, there is little reference to any jewelry that she made so this rare example is as exceptionally collectible as it is striking and beautiful.
Rendered in champlevé enamel on copper, tiny gold channels are outlined then filled with powdered, sand and metals, and repeatedly fired in a kiln. Melting the medium, this creates the polychrome glass surface.
A color palette focuses on earth and deep tones of sienna brown, vanilla, teal blue, and maroon against a ground of subtle moss green. The large moth image pushes the limits of the gold border as if breaking free of its 18k golden surround.
Above the plaque, two antennae sweep over the top edges of the bezel. The reverse is signed by the artist "J. Soubourou", and "Limoges". Comes with an 18k gold chain.