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Rare Bourg-en-Bresse Antique Enamel locket and two Brooches

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    Posted 7 months ago

    Agram.m
    (737 items)

    Stunning rare French jewelry made in Bourg-en-Bresse, in the south east of France around 1920. These beautifully detailed "jewelled" silver gilt with enamel and coloured pieces with intricate panels were set with green enamel and paste stones of red to imitate rubies. They were revered by the British aristocracy and much sought after. Often pieces of jewelry were given as engagement presents and handed down mother to daughter.
    Especially this locket is very Rare. The locket and the round little brooch bares no marks but has some of the very same patterns and colours that are on the "roundels" of the cross in the V & A collection of Amédée Fornet together with the "dot" and twist decoration. Fornet was one of the leading Jewellers of Bresse from the 1870's to the end of the Century, specialized in making enamels, exhibiting in Vienna, Antwerp, Moscow, Philadelphia and Melbourne. Fornet's jewelry was bought by Royals and even the Shah of Iran was a fan - not surprising as I feel there are similarities to Asian jewellery of the same period.
    Possibly of interest to Museums or collectors.

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    Comments

    1. Newfld Newfld, 7 months ago
      Gorgeous antique gems, the locket has such beautiful detail & lovely child photo
    2. Agram.m Agram.m, 7 months ago
      Newfld thanks for your compliment and love! Have a good dag.
    3. jscott0363 jscott0363, 7 months ago
      Beautiful! Very Victorian looking!
    4. Agram.m Agram.m, 7 months ago
      Aura thanks for love.
    5. Agram.m Agram.m, 7 months ago
      jscott0363 indeed Victorian but I would like to know more about this jewelry. Perhaps Kyra could tell me more about it?
      Thanks anyway for looking and loving.
    6. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 7 months ago
      A true treasure indeed! This piece is not something we see very often, and the history behind it is really intriguing!
      Beautiful in every way....
    7. Agram.m Agram.m, 7 months ago
      Ms.CrystalShip thank you for your kind comment and love. And you are right, you don't see this type of jewelry very often. The locket in particular is very special and I would love to know more about it.
    8. kyratango kyratango, 7 months ago
      Marga, very nice examples of this beautiful work!
      See a YouTube video about it (in French...)
      https://youtu.be/LTC4awoKYLM
      I lately got too a locket! I'll post it for you to see :-)
    9. kyratango kyratango, 7 months ago
      Here is mine, just posted!
      https://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/292996-big-antique-maux-bressans-locket-base
    10. Agram.m Agram.m, 7 months ago
      Kyra why didn't you post it earlier it's such a fantastic locket. Thanks for your links to the Youtube film about that kind of jewelry and also for your interest and knowledge!
    11. kyratango kyratango, 7 months ago
      You're very welcome! Always a pleasure to exchange about our shared passion ;-)
    12. kivatinitz kivatinitz, 7 months ago
      very interesting post
    13. salome000 salome000, 7 months ago
      I love love love! Would you say this is victorian or Georgian? I browsed through your collection and I’m glad we don’t live near each other because you would never get rid of me LOL I’m so enchanted by this piece

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