Friday, December 14, 2012

Mastery of Design: A René Bouvet Brooch, 1902

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Brooch by Rene Bouvet
France, 1902
The British Museum

This brooch takes the form of a head in profile and is wholly turn of the Twentieth Century in design. It’s as if it’s the poster child for Edwardian jewelry and I love it!

Made in 1902, the head is adorned with flowing hair of chased gold, a face of coral and a cap of mother-of-pearl. It’s set with diamonds, rubies and a pearl drop. This masterpiece was made by René Bouvet though for many years, it was credited mistakenly to Rene Beaudouin.

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