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Alfred Jean Garnier (1848 - 1908)

Superb Renaissance Revival Brooch


Alfred Jean Garnier (1848 - 1908)

Superb Renaissance Revival Brooch

Gold, enamel & diamond. The polychrome bas relief is a fine example of Goldsmith repoussé.

Diameter  3.60cm (1.42 in)

Origin France, c. 1880
Marks Enamel signed with artist's monograms 'PG' for Paul Grandhomme & 'AG' for Alfred Garnirer. Pin numbered: 1225 & eagle's head. Catch with eagle's head & indistinct maker's mark.
Case Fitted Case
Condition Good with minor enamel repair
Weight 9.80 Grams

Renaissance Revival Brooch showing the influence of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. See 'Fair Rozamund' by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Gere & Munn, Pre-Raphaelite to Arts & Crafts Jewellery, 1989, p.118.
The freshness of this piece comes across extremely well showing a progression from the more usual Renaissance Revival forms to a lighter & more artistic jewel.
Plaques by the artist enamelers Grandhomme & Garnier are in the collections of the Musée d'Orsay, Paris & The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

cf. The Belle Epoque of French Jewellery 1850-1910
Thomas Heneage & Co Ltd, 1990, p. 124
Dictionary of Enamelling, History and Techniques, Erika Speel, 1997, p.69
Henri Vever, French Jewelry of the Nineteenth Century
translated from the French by Katherine Purcell, 2001

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