Masque Vénitienne

  • R. Lalique

  • Pendant  | necklace

    Gold, diamonds, pearl and enamel

  • c. 1898
  • 6,5 cm wide
  • Perfect condition

  • P.O.A.

Before René Lalique turned his attention to glass for good around 1905, he was a jeweler and jewellery designer. Lalique was friends with the Italian illustrator and costume designer Umberto Brunelleschi who was known as the advocate of the Venetian Comedia del Arte. The pendant or necklace, if you will, depicts a so-called Venetian mask. It is therefore likely that Lalique took his inspiration from Brunelleschi. The jewel is made of enamel on gold and horns set with diamonds. On the underside hangs a freshwater pearl. The pendant is fired with grey enamel on the back. Masks with a female face are more common in Lalique's jewellery. Masks with a Venetian subject, however, are substantially less common.

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