Lacloche Frères, Art Deco Chinoiserie Desk Clock, Paris, circa 1925. Mother-of-pearl, carved coral, black lacquer, rose quartz, carved agate, blue enamel and diamonds. Dial decoration by Vladimir Makovsky. Hancocks (stand 243).  TEFAF 2015 Antiques (13-22 March 2015)

Though the art of inlay was primarily credited to Far Eastern artisans in the Art Deco period, one European craftsman, the Russian Vladimir Makovsky (1884-1966), is known to have practiced the technique with as much skill as those in Asia. Different from the lacque burgauté, his inlays consisted of tinted mother-of-pearl and a mixture of hardstones on a mother-of-pearl background. The movement of light is brought to life by the shimmering effect of the nacre. Although his work was often unsigned, his ornamented signature can here be seen to the far right.

Provenance: The Head of the Royal House of Italy uses the title Duke of Savoy; the title of the heir may be Prince of Naples, Prince of Venice or Prince of Piedmont; by the family statute of 1 Jan 1890 the children of the King are and Heir Apparent are Royal Prince or Princess of Italy, Prince or Princess of Savoy and Royal Highness; the nephews of the King and their descendants Prince or Princess of Savoy and Serene Highness. By an amendment to this statute dated 12 May 1946, the qualification of Royal Highness was extended to all members of the House.


Boucheron, Art Deco Bracelet, Paris, 1925. Jasper, blue and black enamel, turquoise, diamond and platinum, 18.2 x 2.3 cm. Hancocks (stand 243).  TEFAF 2015 Antiques (13-22 March 2015)

Literature'Le Bijou Moderne', in L'illustration, 1927 (ill. of a lapis lazuli version of the bracelet); G. Neret, Boucheron Histoire d'une dynastie de joalliers, Pont Royal, 1988, pp. 86-87 (bracelet of similar design) 


Pierre Sterle, ‘Ribbon’ Motif NecklaceParis, circa 1960. Double row diamonds, set with baguette and round cut diamondsHancocks (stand 243).  TEFAF 2015 Antiques (13-22 March 2015)

Literature: In 'Sterle' by Viviane Jutheau, a picture of Pierre Sterle showing necklaces to Edwige Feuillere with this necklace on the desk 


Van Cleef & Arpels, ‘Stripe’ necklace, bracelet and earrings suiteParis, 1962. Brilliant cut diamonds and sapphires mounted in platinum. Hancocks (stand 243).  TEFAF 2015 Antiques (13-22 March 2015)

 Necklace inside length 43.1 cm, width at front 3.8 cm - Bracelet 17.5 x 1.6 cm - Earrings 2.3 x 1.5 cm 


Georges Fouquet, Art Nouveau Brooch, Paris, circa 1901. 18ct. yellow gold, aquamarine, tourmaline, enamel, diamond; 14 x 5.5 cm (excluding aquamarine drop). Hancocks (stand 243).  TEFAF 2015 Antiques (13-22 March 2015)

Literature: For more information on Fouquet, see Marie-Noel de Gary, Les Fouquets. Bijoutiers et Joailliers a Paris 1860-1960, 1983 


Victorian Snake Bracelet, France (?), circa 1890. 18ct. yellow woven gold, rose diamonds, sapphire, 9 x 6 cmHancocks (stand 243).  TEFAF 2015 Antiques (13-22 March 2015)


Marzo, Art Deco Pendant, Paris, circa 1925. Aquamarine briolette, diamonds, two fancy cut sapphires, decorated with bands of black enamel mounted in platinum. Lenght 7.5 cm. Hancocks (stand 243).  TEFAF 2015 Antiques (13-22 March 2015)

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