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LÉOPOLD ALBERT MARIN GAUTRAIT (1865 - 1937)

"Helianthus' An exceptionally fine Art Nouveau pendant

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LÉOPOLD ALBERT MARIN GAUTRAIT (1865 - 1937)

"Helianthus' An exceptionally fine Art Nouveau pendant

Gold, plique-à-jour enamel, diamond, pearl

H  11.40cm (4.49 in)  |  W  4.70cm (1.85 in)

Origin French, c. 1900
Marks 'L. GAUTRAIT' (stamped) on front lower left. Eagle's head on pendant top & chain.
Case Fitted Case

This Symbolist jewel portrays the outcome of the Greek myth of Clytie and the Sun God Apollo. Clytie a water nymph who is deeply in love with Apollo transforms into a sunflower so that she may gaze at the beautiful face of Apollo all day.

Literature
Fritz Falk, Heavenly, The Sun, Moon and Stars in Jewellery, Schmuck Museum Pforzheim, Arnoldsche Art Publishers, 2016, illustrated p. 122 fig. 96 " The Paris artisan jeweller Leopold Gautrait also links the sun with nature - although in a far more sophisticated way: in a pendant that, thanks to his imaginative decorative design, is regarded as a masterpiece of Art Nouveau jewellery., the sunflower motif and the sun are indissolubly interwover, a device that alludes to the life-giving powers of the sun in aesthetically cogent symbolism (fig. 96)

Price Code

Ref No   7734

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