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EMILE OLIVE (1852 - 1902)

Belle Epoque Brooch/Pendant


EMILE OLIVE (1852 - 1902)

Belle Epoque Brooch/Pendant

Gold, silver, plique-à-jour enamel, emerald, diamond & pearl

H  9.00cm (3.54 in)  |  W  5.20cm (2.05 in)

Origin France, c. 1895
Marks Makers mark 'FO' for Maison Fonsèque and Olive
Case Fitted Case
Condition Very good

Emile Olive succeeded Georges Le Saché as designer for Lucien Falize. He left Falize in 1885 to form a partnership with Georges Fonsèque in Paris. After Olive’s death in 1902 Fonseque continued the business for a further twenty years.
This pendant is an exceptional example of the fusion of Japonisme and Art Nouveau in France. The background in plique-à-jour enamel represents a lily pond in the Japanese cloisonné manner on which a magnificent blister pearl set in gold appears to float. The fine diamond-studded frame surround shows the elegant and characteristic swirls of the French Art Nouveau style.

cf. Henri Vever's La Bijouterie Française au XIXe Siècle, translated by Katherine Purcell, p. 1021 more designs by Emile Olive.

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