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An Art Nouveau enamelled gold and glass "Thistles" corsage ornament, by René Lalique, circa 1903. Estimate $150,000 - $200,000. Price Realized $363,200. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2006

Designed as lavender glass thistles, with undulating pale golden and pink enamel spiky leafage, with finely cast veining, joined by charcoal grey and olive green enamelled branches, mounted in gold, circa 1903, with French importation marks and jeweler's mark for René Lalique. Signed Lalique for René Lalique 

Provenance: Sold Sotheby's Geneva, "Magnificent Jewels", 20 November 1996, lot 18 

Literature: Sigrid Barten, René Lalique, Schmuck und Objets d'art, 1890-1910, Prestel Verlag, Passau, 1977, page 117, plate 59 and page 415, nos. 1065 and 1065A


René Lalique, Exhibition Catalogue, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, 23 May to 12 July 1992, page 138, plate 86

Laurence Buffet-Challie, Le Modern Style, 1975, Paris, 1975, page 191

Marc Lalique, Lalique par Lalique, Paris, 1977, page 53

The original drawing for this piece is in the collection of Marie-Claude Lalique, the granddaughter of René Lalique, and was included in René Lalique, Jewelry Glass, Exhibition Catalogue, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, 22 October 1991 - 8 March 1992, page 116 

Christie's. AN EXCEPTIONAL COLLECTION OF ART NOUVEAU JEWELS, 11 October 2006, New York, Rockefeller Plaza