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LOUIS AUCOC (1850 - 1932)

The Birth of Venus


LOUIS AUCOC (1850 - 1932)

The Birth of Venus

Gold, platinum, enamel, diamonds and pearl

H  7.60cm (2.99 in)  |  W  4.20cm (1.65 in)

Origin France, c. 1900
Marks LA with wolf passing left & eagle’s head
Condition Very good

A Symbolist pendant/brooch
Louis Aucoc was a leading Parisian art nouveau jeweller and goldsmith.
‘The Birth of Venus’ jewel shows the head of Venus surrounded by bladder wrack seaweed and backed by a diamond studded sea star. The marine theme symbolizes Venus’ birth, fully formed from the sea and the white diamond star represents Venus’ name sake... the morning star.

llustrated in our book:
Beatriz Chadour-Sampson & Sonya Newell-Smith, Tadema Gallery London Jewellery from the 1860s to 1960s, Arnoldsche Art Publishers, Stuttgart 2021, cat. no. 326
The Grosvenor House Art & Antiques Fair, 2009, Handbook, Published in association with The National Magazine Company Limited, Tadema Gallery, Stand 24, illustrated p. 203.
cf. Alastair Duncan, The Paris Salons 1895−1914, Jewellery, Vol. 1, The Designers A-K, 1994, pp. 40−43 more jewels by Louis Aucoc

Price Code

Ref No   6703