Lot 236. Unique Art Deco multi-gem and enamel cuff, Georges Fouquet. Estimate CHF 150,000 - CHF 250,000 (USD 150,000 - USD 250,000). Price realised CHF 237,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.
Cabochon emerald, rectangular-shaped orange topazes, single-cut diamonds, black enamel, gold (French marks), 1925, inner circumference 16.4 cm, signed G. Fouquet, maker's mark, no. 19404, brown G. Fouquet fitted case.
Literature: Cf. S. Raulet, Bijoux Art Déco, Paris, Éditions du Regard, 1984, p. 217 for the photograph of this cuff
Cf. L. Mouillefarine & É. Possémé, Bijoux Art Déco et Avant-Garde, Paris, Éditions Norma, 2009, p. 172 for the photograph of a similar cuff
Cf. M.-N. de Gary, Les Fouquet Bijoutiers & Joailliers à Paris 1860-1960, Paris, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, 1983, p. 113.
GEORGES FOUQUET & ANDRÉ LEVEILLÉ
Through his constant research for innovative ideas, Georges Fouquet surrounded himself with some of the best decorative artists of the time, such as Alphonse Mucha who helped design the boutique in Rue Royale, the poster artist Cassandre or the painter André Léveillé.
Léveillé was born in Lille in 1880 before moving to Paris to pursue his career. Initially a painter of landscapes and portraits using monochrome shades and pointillist touches, he became interested in cubism very early on. In 1925 during the International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts in Paris, he presented works as a decorator as well as a designer of jewels together with Georges Fouquet. This successful collaboration lasted many years and produced some of the finest jewels ever created by Fouquet, such as this unique cuff.
Christie's. Magnificent Jewels, Geneva, 12 November 2019