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RENÉ FOY

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

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RENÉ FOY

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

Gold, painted ivory, enamel, diamond & pearl

H  5.00cm (1.97 in)  |  W  5.60cm (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
The Grosvenor House Art & Antiques Fair, 2007, Handbook, Published in association with The National Magazine Company Limited, Tadema Gallery, Stand 27, illustrated p. 224.
Jewels & Jewellery, Clare Phillips, Thames & Hudson / V&A, illustrated Art Nouveau in Paris and Brussels p.112

Collections
Now in the collection of The Victoria & Albert Museum
Given in memory of David

Price Code

Ref No   4808

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