HENRI VEVER (1854-1942)

Art Nouveau Thistle Cloak Clasp

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HENRI VEVER (1854-1942)

Art Nouveau Thistle Cloak Clasp

Silver, Partly Gilt

H  13.00 cm (5.12 in)  |  W  8.20 cm (3.23 in)

Origin France, 1899
Marks Vever' three times, & 'FE' monogram with roseNumbered: '940'
Case Original Fitted Case
Condition Very good
Weight 101.00 Grams

This cloak clasp was designed by Ferdinand Erhart, who came from Germany, but was retailed by Maison Vever, Paris, according to the hallmarks. Little is known about his life, yet according to Rolende van Strydonck de Burkel, Le Bijou Art Nouveau en Europe, Paris 1998, p.110, it was Vever who in 1900 had discovered Erhart's talent. A further example of this buckle was also retailed through Cartier Paris, cf. Cartier 1899-1949, Le parcours d'un style, Lisbon, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, colour plate 1. In the literature the dates for this buckle design vary from 1895-1908. Erhart is mainly known for his buckles in chased silver with foliage and floral motifs, examples of his work are on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Musée d'Orsay, Paris and the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam.

Literature:
Vivienne Becker, Art Nouveau Jewellery, 1985, p.218; Alastair Duncan, The Paris Salons 1895-1914, Jewellery, vol. I, 1994, buckle version illustrated p.222.

Price Code

Ref No   3638

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