Posted 8 years ago
I am brand new to this group. Enamel is my life's work. I've been lucky enough to find ways to incorporate other passions into that work. Here are just a few of the antique pieces I've collected and then used as inspiration. The first art nouveau drop is unsigned. the other 3 are all Rene Lalique, my hero! It is a joy to collaborate with masters long gone. I hope you see my respect for them! I hope this is in the spirit of the group?!
Central element is an original and unaltered Art Nouveau drop in gold and enamel. It has original tiny pearls and a natural freshwater pearl . I've used 24kt bezel for the diamond and sapphire as rivets to hold the antique in place without any alteration or damage
Antique 14kt Gold, Enamel
Natural Pearls circa 1900
Diamond Padparadasha Sapphire
METALS: 24K•14K finished piece is 1 3/4" x 2 1/8"
"Kabuki Kachina celebrates Freedom."
Lalique "Prisoners of War" medal, silver CA 1915. One of several designs Rene Lalique created for production to raise funds for the people of France who lost so much during WWI. If you look very closely you will see the broken chains hanging from her wrists, a defiant expression of freedom!
2 Panels/Enamel w/ Gold & Silver FoilsPearl
3" x 1 5/8" x 3/16"
Sisters in the Gardens
Rene Lalique Broach cast glass in original brass setting , with original pin mechanism unaltered set into fabricated gold and silver setting. The pin comes through openings in the back, a window is also left open for the "Lalique" signature. This design was cast in 3 different colors, I believe, over 20-30 years. The broach is ap 2+". I have the dimensions and the name of this piece, but it's on a different computer. It's quite thick!
5 Enamel Panels
Grisaille Enamel w/Silver & Gold Foils
Rene' Lalique "Orphelinat des Armees" medal circa 1915. This is a thin brass pressing of an incredibly moving carving/repousee' by the master to raise funds for the French orphans of WWI. They were sold widely, on a red, white and blue ribbon.
2 Panels: Grisaille Enamel w/ Gold & Silver Foils
Diamonds: White dia @ approx 65pts
White dia @ approx 10-12pts
Yellow dia @ approx 10-12pts
METALS: 24K•14K•Argentium Silver
Fab & engraved
1 3/8" x 5 1/4" x 1/2" approx + Beads