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1900 Alphonse Mucha "Dessin de Montre" Jewelry Design Illustration for Georges Fouquet

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Original design sketch for a pendant watch for the famed French jeweler Georges Fouquet (1862-1957), possibly for presentation at the 1900 Paris Exposition Universelle. Published in Art et Decoration Vol. VII (1900), pg. 130 as “Dessin de Montre” and republished for a US audience in Vanity Fair in May 1901. Black ink heightened with gouache on cream paper. Signed Mucha (lower right).

Dimensions: Sheet size 12.13” (H) x 8.5” (W). Illustration/visible size 7.75” (H) x 2.5” (W). Provenance: Jiri Mucha Collection/Library “Zumelecké Pozustalosti / Alphonse Mucha” stamp, numbered 248. Colletti Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, 2007. Louis Daniel Brodsky Collection of Art Nouveau, Leslie Hindman Auctioneer, Chicago, Illinois, 2015.

Mucha and Fouquet collaborated for a short period from 1899 to 1901. At a time when the emphasis had been on precious stones in traditional settings usually derived from the Louis XVI period, Fouquet and Mucha together redefined fine jewelry design, espousing the belief that the beauty of a jewel depends on its artistic conception. Materials were chosen for their contribution to the overall design, not for their intrinsic value.

Mucha conceived a spectacular series of elaborate jewels to be executed by Fouquet in his Paris atelier. Those objects formed the centerpiece of Fouquet's display at the 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris. In 1901, he asked Mucha to carry out an idea that he had kept in mind for a number of years: Fouquet wanted new premises in which the interior decoration harmonized with the jewelry he was creating. By the end of the year, he had moved his business to the Rue Royale, where the interiors were of unparalleled Art Nouveau sumptuousness. - Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Mucha designed interiors for Fouquet’s atelier were preserved and are visible for touring at the Musée Carnavalet, 23 rue de Sévigné, 75003 Paris. (see here: http://untappedcities.com/2013/02/14/alphonse-mucha-jewelry-shop-replica/ )

Similar pieces of known Mucha/Fouquet jewelry can be found here, many with the same design motifs or features as in the illustration above:

http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/2003.560
http://www.petitpalais.paris.fr/fr/collections/pendant-cascade
http://noiseman.tumblr.com/post/28609981528/pectoral-jewel-made-for-sarah-bernhardt-design-by

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  1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    Well this is truly SPECTACULAR ..... CONGRATULATIONS !!!!!!
  2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    It seems the same design appeared in Vanity Fair May 1901.
  3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    Cf http://richet.christian.free.fr/vanity/van.html#a8
  4. cogito cogito, 3 years ago
    Thanks Vetraio50. A Mucha original has always been high on my wishlist. She was not going to leave my grasp. The other positive news was how well the rest of that sale was. Art Nouveau seems to be re-emerging in demand.
  5. SEAN68 SEAN68, 3 years ago
    stunning!!
  6. cogito cogito, 3 years ago
    Thanks, Sean68!
  7. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    I had a look at the auction catalogue. Some surprises there !!!
  8. charmsomeone charmsomeone, 3 years ago
    Fantastic.
  9. cogito cogito, 3 years ago
    The furniture and posters in the sale performed particularly well.
  10. paris1925 paris1925, 3 years ago
    very nice cogito, it is written " from art heritage" sorry my translation is not probably correct, so it mean that it was from his own studio or probably from his familly in prague -)
  11. kyratango kyratango, 3 years ago
    Wow, wow, WOW!
    This is a piece of jewellery history!
    you're blessed to have it in your collection :-)
  12. cogito cogito, 3 years ago
    Thanks Paris1925 & Kyratango. She's at the pinnacle of my collection. I still wonder if this piece was ever made. It's clear the design was one of the first for Fouquet, as the drawing premiered in Art et Decoration prior to the Paris 1900 Exhibition, but an actual jewelry example is not currently known.

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