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    Posted 8 years ago

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    Although I knew in advance that the c-clasp of this brooch to be repaired, I still tried to get it in my possession. The sole reason that I think it very beautiful. This is almost always the most important reason I try to get a Jewelry. A try fortunately that was also the case here.
    As I said in the title, it is a 18K gold brooch, made in France sized: 28 x 23 mm, signed F. Rasumny. A name before I became acquainted with now was not known to me. Thanks to the help of the PC and the Internet was not that long and I now know who the author is.
    Felix Rasumny (1869 - 1940) was a Russian engraver, born in Sevastopol, but emigrated to Paris. He was trained at the Ecole des Arts Decoratifs under such masters as Millet, Gauthier and Tasset.
    Felix Razumny exhibited his works at the Salon of the Societe des Artises Francais in 1891 and at the Exposition Universelle in 1900 (awarded with a silver medal).
    Became a member of the Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts in 1911 and was titled as Chevalier of the Legion of Honor later on in 1933.
    F.Rasumny was know for a massive cast iron maquette for the celebration of the opening of Pont Alexandre III at the 1900 Paris Exposition Universalle, as well as for the designing medals, jewelry pieces, medallions and the 1929 Ten-francs coin.
    Dedicated some of his time to modeling small scale statues of Russian and Ukrainian subjects.
    The only thing I would like to know is: What sets this image ?? I think a mythological female figure. Who has an idea? I look forward to your suggestion!

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    1. Agram.m Agram.m, 8 years ago
      vetraio50 thanks for your very quick response and loving.
    2. solver solver, 8 years ago
      agram.m, I always admire your magnificent collection and knowledge. She is très magnifique, by a great artisan.

      I would simply refer to her as a Bacchante, a follower of Bacchus. She reminds me of marble bust titled "Bacchante" by French sculptor Prosper d'Epinay:

      Here are some "Bacchante" cameros:
    3. Agram.m Agram.m, 8 years ago
      solver, a very nice compliment, I feel very flattered. Thank you very much for this, you do give me too much credit. And many thanks for your help in finding the image of the brooch. I am sure that you are right, a follower of Bacchus. How could I forget, it's the same description as one of our fellow collectors gave me information at my Micro Mosaic brooches which you can find under this link: although now when I look at my brooch again I doubt now if this was a right suggestion because there are no grapes as far as I can see.
      Thank you again you were of great help !
    4. Agram.m Agram.m, 8 years ago
      geo26e, Moonstonelover21 and aghcollect thanks for your loving and interest.
    5. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 8 years ago
      This piece makes me lost for words! Wow is what I can say right now at this late hour :-)
    6. kyratango kyratango, 8 years ago
      A figure for autumn?
      Did you notice the monogram AD (?) on the right below the signature?
      She is beautiful, you have to find a good restorer to repair the C clasp...
    7. Agram.m Agram.m, 8 years ago
      kyratango, thanks for your helpful comment and indeed I also see the AD. Have to find out who that can be. And you also right to let repair by a good restorer but I have found one I hope!
    8. AmberRose AmberRose, 8 years ago
      Hi Honey! Wow you really did it again! Follower of Bacchus...I had wine last night so maybe I am too? Hope you are well!
    9. Agram.m Agram.m, 8 years ago
      Hi Amber, we are probably both hooked followers of Bacchus, we like a glass of wine. We do have more similar interests; a good glass of wine, beautiful things including jewelry and who knows what else! Here all well and in your family?
    10. kyratango kyratango, 8 years ago
      Have a look to this one: 131170926904
      Same artist, same monogram AD
      Representation of AMOUR (éros)
    11. Agram.m Agram.m, 8 years ago
      kyratango, I understand but looking on which site?
    12. kyratango kyratango, 8 years ago
      Sorry Agram, there:
    13. Agram.m Agram.m, 8 years ago
      kyratango I found indeed on eBay and yes also AD. But in this auction the seller called the wrong signature it should not be F ROSUMA but I believe indeed also F. Rasumny. In any case, thank you very much for your help, I did not actually find it myself. Nice weekend, "see and meet" you here again I hope!
    14. Agram.m Agram.m, 8 years ago
      kyratango on ebay they need your/our help too!
    15. solver solver, 8 years ago
      First, great eyes and observation, kyratango, I am envious. :-)
      Second, I just saw you had posted info while I was writing this. Apologies if I have duplicated your information and I didn't go back to edit the following:

      She appears to be modelled after the an award medals designed by Félix Rasumny depicting "Marianne," the famous allegorical female figure symbolizing the French Republic.The national symbol represented the spirt of liberty, glory, and victory. He used this depiction on many medals, the obverse changed according to the award it represented.

      According to the 1908 "Spink & Son's Monthly Numismatic Circular," Volumes 16, medals designed by Rasumny were made by the Paris firm of A. Duseaux & Co.

      This ebay listing shows the "AD" monogram also. This listing states it represents it was struck by the Desaide Art Shop, Paris, not Duseaux. I haven't thoroughly researched this discrepancy but see my next reference, which would lead me to think that "AD" represents Duseaux, not Desaide.

      This advertisement in the 1906 "Gazette Apicole de France" by A Duseaux & Cie that states they make medals and plaques signed by F. Rasumny. A. Duseaux & Cie was owned by "Adrien" Duseaux.

      This Fitzwilliam Museum entry for an Art Nouveau waist clasp by Rasmuny states "Note from Charlotte Gere, March, 1984. 'Rasumny exhibited at the Paris Salons from 1887. His medals were made by the Paris firm of A. Duseaux & Cie, 22 rue Réamur, Paris. The Hull Grundy Gift, Norwich Castle Museum no. 297.33.979 is a medal signed by Rasumny and bearing the mark of this firm."

      Here are quite a few examples of French medals with Marianne in profile, courtesy the Original Hobo Nickel Society. Notice the detail of her nose, particularly the squared-off tip:

      Here is another brooch by Rasumny similar to yours:

      Here is the same medal in a catalogue that states it is circumscribed "UNION DES SYNDICATS DE L’ALIMENTATION EN GROS DE FRANCE" that roughly translates to "Union of Food Wholesale of France." The catalog states it is the "GROCERS. Medal of the Union of Syndicates of Wholesalers of Foodstuffs of France."

      There are other ebay listings showing the same "AD" monogram that state it is the mark of Duseaux & Cie:
    16. kyratango kyratango, 8 years ago
      Wow, Solver! What a research! Bravo!!!
      Agram, some sellers on EBay mispell heavily :-))
      So we can pick some bargains... ;-)
    17. Agram.m Agram.m, 8 years ago
      Solver, what an incredible amount of time and work you put into this answer. Great respect and thanks. You make me and other readers are specialists. Fantastic, you really helped me and I've learned a lot of you!
    18. Agram.m Agram.m, 8 years ago
      kyratango, you so right, that how I gained also this brooch. Our luck! thanks again you also spend a lot of time to research and answers!
    19. Agram.m Agram.m, 8 years ago
      Betty1978, DrFluffy, BelleEpoque, passion4trunks, fortheloveofdog, Newtimes, freiheit, nutsabotas6, Antiquehunter1, SEAN68, racer4fou, tom61375 and blunderbuss2 thank you all for your attention, interest and loving.
    20. Agram.m Agram.m, 8 years ago
      Manikin thanks for your attention by loving
    21. Agram.m Agram.m, 8 years ago
      Peterdrury thanks for your attention and loving
    22. IVAN49 IVAN49, 5 years ago
      Repair of the clasp is not easy at all because of diamonds with flat back usually set over silver foil (to avoid yellow color). If hard soldered at very high temperature diamonds are likely to fall out and after immersion into pickle the acid would penetrate into diamond settings. In cases like this I make c clasp, hard solder it to small gold plate as a base and attach it to the brooch using soft solder at much lower temperature.
      In a word, hard soldering can be done easily, but it`s risky.
    23. Agram.m Agram.m, 5 years ago
      IVAN49 Ivan this repair has been done in the same way as you describe in your advise. I have placed a picture after the repair. Thank you very much, you know what you are talking about. Have a nice day!
    24. IVAN49 IVAN49, 5 years ago
      You are always welcome ! I have worked with jewelry for a long time and developed ideas how to repair old pieces.

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