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Posted 3 years ago

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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
24K•14K•Argentium Silver
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
Demantoid Garnet
24K•14K•Argentium Silver

"Come, Peace"
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


  1. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 3 years ago
    Absolutely stunning, thanks for sharing your information and treasures.
  2. kyratango kyratango, 3 years ago
    Wow! Respect as you said, and artistic work!!!
  3. kyratango kyratango, 3 years ago
    Forgot to welcome you on CW :-)
  4. jensen jensen, 3 years ago
    Absolutely enchanting!
  5. Bluboi Bluboi, 3 years ago
    Your jewelry is beautiful. I love your panel combinations -- they really enhance the central medallions. Thank you for sharing! Welcome! Your expertise on enamels will be a welcome addition to our discussions.
  6. SEAN68 SEAN68, 3 years ago
  7. BelleEpoque BelleEpoque, 3 years ago
    Masterful work!! More pictures, please! :)
  8. kiwipaul kiwipaul, 3 years ago
    Hi EnamelArt - Am I correct to understand that the central elements in each necklace are antiques, and you have created and fabricated the rest of each necklace?

    If so, your enamel are masterworks, and the designs of the completed pieces are very beautiful and extremely sympathetic and complimentary to the original piece.

  9. EnamelArt, 3 years ago
    I'm new to this group, and I don't yet know how to reply to comments, thank you very much for the very warm welcome! It is most appreciated!
    Only a portion of my pieces incorporate antiques/fossils and other found objects. I don't know if it's ok to post those that don't have them. I'll post more pieces soon.
    kindest regards, Marianne
  10. EnamelArt, 3 years ago
    Kiwipaul, I don't know how to respond to your question. Yes, you understood correctly. I sometimes use antique pieces to inspire me to create something new. The enamelwork is my first love and has been my life's work for 48 years. I love the old pieces of past masters/artists/craftsmen. It's been a very happy realization that I can play with them, and give them a second life.
  11. kyratango kyratango, 3 years ago
    Hi Marianne!
    You already made out how to answer our comments ;-)
    I think rules does'nt allow to post things made by yourself without antique or vintage in it, what a pity!
    Where are you from? (Now you'll have to find out how to édit your profile, lol)
  12. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 3 years ago
    EnamelArt, beautiful pieces. Kyratango is a master of enamel art herself, if she doesn't mind my saying so, you can judge for yourself looking at her page. It's hard to do anything except stand back and admire such talent.
  13. kyratango kyratango, 3 years ago
    Wooo, Katherine! My things are not this kind of vitreous hot enamel!
    This of Enamelart is the real art!!!
    But thank you :-))
  14. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 3 years ago
    You expose your expertise and genius in every post, kyratango. And perhaps I show my ignorance, but also too, I hope, my admiration and attempts to learn a little of what you know. :)
  15. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 3 years ago
    To perhaps show my ignorance again, is the Rene Lalique being discussed here the same Lalique of the glass vases? I didn't know there was also jewelry.
  16. Bluboi Bluboi, 3 years ago
    Hey Katherine,

    Lalique specialized in jewelry before he began making glass. I was fortunate to be able to see these pieces in person at the Gulbenkian Museum, but check out this online album. He was (in my opinion) the BEST!


  17. Bluboi Bluboi, 3 years ago
    Make sure you expand the images!
  18. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 3 years ago
    Very kind of you, Bluboi, thank you! :)
  19. EnamelArt, 3 years ago
    Hello all. I've been away from computer. Thank you all for welcoming and kind comments. To answer and to ask some questions.
    I'm from California. The Rene Lalique pieces are, as explained above, pieces by the great master of jewelry, glass, metals etc. The pieces I've used are of the period. Bluboi, by expand do you mean me to add new pieces or use larger images?
    good night, Marianne
  20. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 3 years ago
    I so love you're pieces! Wonderful with someone here on CW who is into enamel. Hope
    To see more of your collection!

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