French Art Deco Diamond and Platinum Broach, 1920
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Superb and Stunning ** French Art Deco Diamond and Platinum Broach, 1920 **
This classically styled Art Deco broach, circa 1920, measures 4 cm long by 1.8 cm high. A lovely vintage jewel, it centers on a bezel set diamond flanked by a further diamond on each side, all of which are framed by 100 additional sparkling European-cut diamonds. An elegantly hand-crafted Jewel comprising 103 diamonds of excellent color and purity, all masterfully mounted in the platinum setting.
Center Diamond: approximately 0.20 carats; dimensions: approximately 4 mm (diameter) x 2 mm (depth)
Flanking Center Diamonds (2 stones): approximately 0.16 carats; dimensions approximately 2.5 mm (diameter) x 2 mm (depth)
Framing Diamonds (100 stones): approximately 1.0 carat
Overall Weight of the Jewel: 7.42 grams
Condition: Excellent, and fully hallmarked
Art Deco is the influential Visual Arts design style which first appeared in France after World War I, flourishing internationally in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. It is an eclectic style that combines traditional craft motifs with Machine Age forms, imagery and materials. The style is often characterized by bold geometric shapes, and lavish ornamentation.
Above all Art Deco represented… and still does… luxury, glamour, exuberance, and faith in social and technological progress.
Some historians trace Deco's roots to the Universal Exposition of 1900, and after this show, to the artists collective known as “La Société des artistes décorateurs” (Society of Decorator Artists). Among them were Hector Guimard, Eugène Grasset, Raoul Lachenal, Paul Bellot, Maurice Dufrêne, and Emile Decoeur, who are credited with setting the ground principles of Art Deco. Notwithstanding, the Art Deco era sometimes, anecdotally, is dated from 1925 when the “Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes” was organized to showcase new ideas in applied arts; however, the style had been in full force in France for several years before that date.
Further, Deco also was heavily influenced by pre-modern art from around the world, and observable at the Musée du Louvre, Musée de l'Homme and the Musée national des Arts d'Afrique et d'Océanie… as well as, in the 1920s, by an expanded interest in archeology due to excavations at Pompeii, Troy, the tomb of Tutankhamun etc. Hence, in Art Deco artists and designers integrated motifs from ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome, Asia, Mesoamerica, and Oceania… associating them with Machine Age elements.
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