RENÉ FOY (worked from c.1890)

The Vestal Virgins. An important classical brooch/pendant in the style of the antique

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RENÉ FOY (worked from c.1890)

The Vestal Virgins. An important classical brooch/pendant in the style of the antique

Gold, painted ivory, enamel, diamond & pearl

H  5.00 cm (1.97 in)  |  W  5.60 cm (2.20 in)

Origin France, c. 1900
Marks Signature 'René Foy' (engraved) on reverse of brooch. The pin with eagle's head & makers mark
Case Fitted Case
Condition Very good

'The Vestal Virgins'
An important classical jewel in the style of the antique by the Art Nouveau Parisian jeweler René Foy.
Semi circular colonade of ionic columns. Strung between the capitals are enamelled floral garlands. The central motif is of the Vestal Virgins dancing around the sacred flame supported by a half column.
An extraordinary jewel by René Foy whose contribution to the Paris International Exhibition 1900 was greatly praised.
The brooch fitting can be unscrewed to allow for the hinged pendant loops (Please see 'Reverse' view).

Literature:
cf. Art Nouveau Jewelry, Vivienne Becker, 1985, p. 219, pl. 119. The Paris Salons 1895-1914, Jewellery, Alastair Duncan, 1994, Vol 1, The Designers A-K, p. 264-270
The Belle Epoque of French Jewellery 1850-1910, Thomas Heneage & Co Ltd, 1990, p. 231-233

Price Code

Ref No   4808 Reserved

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