CHARLES BOUTET DE MONVEL (1855-1913)

Art Nouveau Ring 'Bat Maiden'

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CHARLES BOUTET DE MONVEL (1855-1913)

Art Nouveau Ring 'Bat Maiden'

Gold, opal & diamond

H  3.00 cm (1.18 in)

Origin France, c. 1900
Marks The shank with indistinct maker's mark & French eagle
Ring Size |UK: R|   |US: 8.75|   |EU: 58.9|   |Asia: 18|
Condition Very good
Weight 11.50 Grams

We are happy to size this ring larger or smaller should it be necessary. This will not affect it's value

A superb and iconic Art Nouveau portrayal of a Parisian goddess of the Demi-Monde. She has style roots going back to the Babylonian goddess Ishtar. The very revealing décolleté, flowing hair, bat wings and diamond Aurora head dress suggestively alludes to pagan pleasures and entertainments of the night, the practitioners only heading home with the dawn.
Fitted case, the silk marked:
'I. Lautier, Joaillier - Orfevre, Toulouse'

Literature:
cf. Kunsthandwerk um 1900, Jugendstil, Art Nouveau, Modern Style, Nieuwe Kunst, catalogue of the Hessischen Landesmuseum, Darmstadt, 1965, catalogue number 143, p. 127.
The Paris Salons1895-1914, Jewellery, The Designers A-K, Alastair Duncan 1994, p. 94-107
The Belle Epoque of French Jewellery, 1850-1910, Thomas Heneage, 1990, p. 238-241

Price Code

Ref No   4421

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