‘Pansy’ pendant


René Lalique

Paris, c. 1900

Gold, enamel, diamonds, Baroque pearl

H. 9 cm

Acquired with support of the Allianz Versicherungsgesellschaft, Munich, in 1988

Inv. No. 88/321

Goldsmithing, Fashion and Accessories



The Parisian designer René Lalique was the pre-eminent decorative artist of his time. This pendant is proof of this. It is a spectacular interpretation of the pansy, a flower motif that was a favourite in Art Nouveau. The pansy, rendered in iridescent blue enamel, is depicted already wilting. The partially folded edges of the leaves are set with diamonds. The flower's French name - 'pensée' - lends it the symbolic meaning of commemoration and remembrance.

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